Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/29/20)
Gold and grudges galore!
Perhaps the most explosive AEW Dynamite EVER!
A Tornado Tag brimming with aggression, a 10 Man Tag that’s just as heated, and THREE championship matches in one night! Could this be the wildest Wednesday in AEW history?
- 10 Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Best Friends, Orange Cassidy & Jurassic Express; Best Friends, Cassidy & Jurassic Express win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Warhorse; Cody wins and retains the AEW TNT Championship.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson; Omega & Page win and retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
AEW Women’s World Championship:Hikaru Shida VS Diamante; Shida wins.
- No Disqualification Tornado Tag: Jon Moxley & Darby Allin VS Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Taz; Moxley & Allin win.
PLAY BY PLAY
10 Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Best Friends, Orange Cassidy & Jurassic Express!
Le Champion leads his legion into battle in an opener worthy of a main event! They’ve had issues with Trent, Chuck Taylor, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Freshly Squeezed over admittedly small things, but it’s escalated to this! Which side wins this 5v5 tag war?
The groups sort out, the Jericho shows Cassidy what he did to that $7000 white suit jacket and starts against Cassidy. But then Jericho tags out to Jake Hager! The Big Hurt steps to Cassidy, and Cassidy unleashes the shin kicks! Hager swings, Cassidy dodges but Hager reels him in and whips. Cassidy ducks and unleashes more heel kicks! Hager throws Cassidy to a corner! Then picks him up and shouts, “What’re you gonna do now, huh?!” Cassidy takes his hands out of his pockets to ear clap Hager! And dropkick him down! Cassidy kips up, puts hands back in his pockets, and Jericho tags in. Cassidy dodges Hager but Jericho DECKS him! The teams empty the corners and it’s chaos! The ref tries to restore order but things spill out of the ring!
Jericho goes after Trent but Trent dumps him out. Santana CHOPS Trent down, the pron skirt falls as Chuck throws Santana out. Trent back drops Ortiz up and over then mule kicks Jericho. Trent helps Chuckie FLY to take out some, then Trent MOONSAULTS to get the rest! Best Friends clear space, Santana rocks Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus helps Jungle Boy hit a FLYING-RANA! Stunt comes in, is the human weapon, JURASSIC TOSS! Hager catches Stunt and trophy tosses him back! Luchasaurus catches Stunt and uses him as a backpack for the LEAP! Stunt is the only one standing and he’s fired up about it! The crowd loves “A E DUB!” as Cassidy gets back in the ring. Cassidy “fires” himself up and builds “speed” to take out his sunglasses! GROUP HUG!
Sammy leaps in, but misses everyone! Now he’s surrounded! Cassidy Sweet Shin Music, and then it’s just a mugging! They whip Sammy to a corner, Luchasaurus corner splashes! JB adds a clothesline! Chuckie adds his own clothesline, Trent runs in but Hager DECKS him! Hager drags Trent over and Jericho rains down rights! Jericho drags Trent up, back suplex! Jericho runs to kick Trent down then tags Hager back in. Hager puts Trent in the corner and fires off body shots! Tag to Santana, the Inner Circle mugs Trent and CHOPS him down! Santana brings Trent up, whips him again but Trent holds ropes. Trent throws Santana out but Santana trips and drags him out. Trent dodges Santana but Ortiz hits a DDT! Santana hits a GERMAN SUPLEX!
Ortiz shouts “We’re the best!” as he and Santana bring Trent back up. Trent is put in, Santana drags him up for a suplex! Tag to Jericho and the entire Inner Circle gets in to mug Trent! The ref has to keep Trent’s team back before reprimanding all the Inner Circle members. Jericho brings Trent up, rocks him with haymakers, then CHOPS him! Jericho whips, Trent boots back! Trent hops up and missile dropkicks! Both men are down, the crowd fires up, hot tag to Ortiz! Ortiz clubs Trent down then stands on him while taunting the others. Tag to Santana, Proud ‘n’ Powerful double suplex Trent, then step stool standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Santana keeps Trent down, tags Hager in and the mugging continues.
Hager ROCKS Trent then tags in Sammy. They stomp Trent, mug him with big knees, then Sammy covers. TWO, but Sammy keeps on Trent with a facelock. Sammy fireman’s carries, does some squats to show off, then hits the Samoan Drop! Cover, GHOST PIN! TWO, Sammy CLOBBERS Trent down! Tag to Hager, he wraps Trent up in a chicken wing and chinlock. Trent endures as the crowd rallies up. Trent fights up but Hager clubs him into the Inner Circle cover. Tag to Ortiz, Ortiz brings Trent up to stomp a mudhole! Tag to Hager, Jericho gets cheap shots in, Hager snapmares Trent to knee him in the back. Hager returns to the chinlock and chicken wing but the crowd keeps rallying.
Trent fights up, fights back, but Hager shoves him. Trent boots back and fights out of the corner, into Hager’s TOSS! Hager goes after everyone but Luchasaurus on the other end, then drags Trent back up. Hager taunts Luchasaurus but Trent SAIDOS! Both men are down and the crowd fires up! Trent and Hager crawl, hot tags to Sammy and Luchasaurus! The Spanish God gets CLOBBERED, PNP aren’t enough to hold Luchasaurus back, and Luchasaurus BOOTS Jericho down! CHOPS for PNP, they CHOP back, but he double clotheslines them down! The crowd is thunderous for Luchasaurus as he has Sammy in the choke grip. Hager come sin so Luchasaurus throws haymakers with him!
Luchasaurus rams Hager into the corner, has to worry about his dino mask, but still throws body shots! Luchasaurus runs, but Hager LARIATS him! Orange Cassidy SUPER PUNCHES Hager! PNP get Cassidy for the POWERBOMB to KNEE! Trent gets Santana, SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Ortiz goes after Trent, gets SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! PSYCHO KNEE! Jericho gives Trent CODE BREAKER! JB gives Jericho a BACKSTABBER! Sammy KNEES JB down, torture racks, G T H! TAIL WHIP from Luchasaurus! The Spinning Lizard takes Sammy down but the ref is busy checking on the others that she doesn’t see Jericho fetch Floyd the baseball bat! But Cassidy does and stops that! Cassidy whips Jericho over railing!
Luchasaurus grabs Sammy, for the choke- NO! Sammy pops out of the slam, mule kicks a leg and SHINING WIZARDS Luchasaurus down! Sammy climbs up, but someone’s music distracts him. It’s MATT HARDY! Hardy shoves Sammy off the top, Luchasaurus grabs him, CHOKE SLAM ZILLA! SPINNING BUZZSAW! Cover, Jurassic Express and friends win!!
Winners: Best Friends, Orange Cassidy & Jurassic Express, by pinfall
V1 Hardy helps turn the tide at the last minute! Hardy “welcomes” Sammy back, will they finally settle their own score?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“I try to stay out of people’s business, I really do.” Moxley has a rule: If people leave him alone, he leaves them alone; if they don’t, he doesn’t. He thought his issues with Brian Cage were over, but then Cage had to go “put a beat down on my little compadre, Darby Allin, a kid half your size, and you didn’t even do it alone.” What would that say about Mox if he stood by and let it happen? He’d be a “punk b*tch,” wouldn’t he? Speaking of those, Ricky Starks has fallen in with the wrong crowd. Must feel so tough going 2v1. Let’s see how they like it when the odds are even. Moxley doesn’t start fights, but he always finishes them. Will it be finished between Mox and Cage tonight?
AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Warhorse!
The American Nightmare is giving an incredible opportunity to a rising star from the indies! But part of the challenge is to see how long Warhorse even lasts. Will he make the most of his 15 minutes of fame?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the biggest match in Warhorse’s career begins!
Cody circles with Warhorse and they tie up. Cody waistlocks, Warhorse pries free to standing switch, but Cody gets the ropes. Warhorse lets off clean and the two reset. Cody and Warhorse circle, they tie up, Cody wrenches to a wristlock. Warhorse rolls, rolls and kicks! Cody gets after Warhorse, puts him in a corner, but holds back on the chop to pat Warhorse on the shoulders. Warhorse CHOPS Cody on the back! And then CHOPS the front! Warhorse whips corner to corner, Cody goes up and around to sunset flip, but Warhorse slips out to high stack! TWO, Cody runs into an arm-drag! Warhorse has the arm but Cody gets to his feet. Cody scoops but Warhorse arm-drags again!
Warhorse cranks on the arm, Cody gets to his feet again, but Warhorse wrenches to a shoulder breaker. Cody wrenches through, whips but Warhorse reverses. Cody ducks and hurdles but Warhorse dodges and whips. Cody bails out to avoid another arm-drag. Cody is frustrated but coach Arn Anderson cools him off. Cody gets back to the ring, circles with Warhorse again, and Cody gets around to a waistlock then headlock. Cody hits the headlock takeover, Warhorse headscissors back but Cody pops out. Cody headlocks again, Warhorse powers out and both men run the ropes. Warhorse redirects to CLOBBER Cody! Cover, TWO! Warhorse head bangs while Cody bails out and AEW goes picture in picture, #CodyHorse.
The ref keeps Warhorse from pursuing Cody and Cody slowly returns to the ring. Warhorse knees Cody low, headbutts him down, and brings Cody back up. Warhorse headbutts Cody down again! Cody sits up but Warhorse is on him first for a back suplex. Cody lands on his feet and drop toeholds Warhorse into buckles! Cody comes back to ROCK Warhorse with a forearm, then hoists Warhorse up top. Cody ROCKS Warhorse again, climbs up to join him, and brings him up for a SUPERPLEX! Warhorse writhes but Cody covers, TWO! Cody keeps his cool by doing some push-ups. Cody goes after Warhorse’s leg and slams it on the mat! And then stomps it down!
Cody puts the leg on the ropes to springboard and stomp it! Warhorse scrambles away in pain but Cody stalks after him. Warhorse tries to kick back but Cody stomps him down. Cody drags Warhorse up to scoop and slam down, then cover with a knee to the face. TWO as Warhorse refuses to stop. Cody stomps Warhorse, grabs the leg and turns Warhorse for a Half Crab! AEW returns to single picture as Warhorse endures and the crowd duels! Cody sits deep but Warhorse endures! Warhorse crawls to the ropebreak! Cody lets go at 4, grabs the legs again, and goes for the Figure Four, only for Warhorse to turn it instantly! Cody endures now, crawls and gets a ropebreak of his own!
Both men slowly rise, Cody drags Warhorse up but Warhorse dropkicks him away! Warhorse runs in to corner clothesline, then runs to hit another one! Warhorse whips Cody to ropes, Cody reverses, but Warhorse slides under to CHOP, back elbow and DISCUS! Warhorse has the arms for Danielson Stomps! Warhorse fires up with the crowd as he heads to a corner. He reaches the top rope but Cody bails out again. Warhorse hops down to DOUBLE STOMP Cody down! The ref starts a ring count, Warhorse puts Cody in and climbs back up. Warhorse aims, leaps, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Warhorse can’t believe it! The crowd is thunderous as Warhorse brings Cody back up. But Cody Alabama Slams back! Jackknife cover, TWO!
Arn coaches Cody as Warhorse stirs. Cody drags Warhorse around by his leg, steps through, but Warhorse cradle counters! TWO, Cody sunset flips but Warhorse sits on it! TWO!! Cody walks into a body shot! Warhorse throws haymakers, Cody runs corner to corner but gets a boot! Warhorse climbs up top again, but Cody gets under the leap! Warhorse’s leg jams, Cody dropkicks it out! Step through, FIGURE FOUR- No! Warhorse blocks! Cody kicks Warhorse and gets it in! Cody bridges, Warhorse taps, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
An incredible fight from the independent star, but the American Nightmare found a way to finish him off! But wait, the Dark Order attacks?! Warhorse gets Cody clear as Numbers 3 & 4, John Silver & Alex Reynolds, get into the ring! Silver and Reynolds go after Warhorse, kick him out, then go after Cody! Arn gets in and squares up with them! But wait, is that…?! MATT CARDONA! WOO WOO WOO, he starts clobbering the Numbers! Reynolds throws hands but Cardona shoves and knees him back. ROUGH RYDER! Silver gets in, to get one, too! Cardona clotheslines Reynolds out and has the ring! The crowd loves having the Long Island #StrongIsland in AEW!
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone on stage.
Tony hypes up September 5th, ALL OUT 2020! But wait, The Inner Circle comes out to interrupt this announcement because they are furious! Shut the music off and shut your mouths! Jericho and his team are furious given what happened the last month. They’re going to draw lines in the sand and issue ultimatums! Isn’t that right, Sammy? Yeah! Matt Hardy, that son of a b*tch, cost Sammy his first match back! This is NOT over! What’s son of a b*tch in Spanish? “Son of el b*tch.” Exactly.
And Orange Cassidy has been causing issues ever since Jericho beat him. Cassidy wants the rematch? Here’s a rematch! Two weeks from tonight, 8/12, there WILL be a rematch “of one of the greatest matches in AEW history!” Jericho VS Cassidy II! And when Jericho wins again, Cassidy will repay Jericho $7000 for ruining this jacket. What color is this jacket? Orange. Yes, it’s even more orange than before! It’s because of that demon orange juice Cassidy dumped on Jericho! Jericho will get revenge for that on 8/12, but next week, 8/5, “face to face,” Jericho challenges Cassidy to a debate! With a special guest moderator who will blow our minds.
But why a debate? Because not only will Jericho beat Cassidy physically, he will beat Cassidy up mentally as “one of the best orators of all time.” Jericho is the DEMO GOD! A debate, a rematch, and Cassidy will be exposed as a “filthy piece of trash.” Does it still smell like orange juice? Santana says it’s moving closer to cat pee… NOOO!! Ortiz emphasizes it’s like cat pee! Will Jericho get his revenge both mentally and physically against Freshly Squeezed?
AEW shares footage of a contract signing.
The official contracts for FTR, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, are on the table! They have their lawyer, and are ready to sign on the dotted line to one day become AEW World Tag Team Champions. Arn Anderson comes in as a tag team consultant and sits with Tony, the lawyers, and “the greatest team in the world.” Arn double checks the contract, making sure FTR knows about the rules so that they may follow them. 10 second rule on double teaming, must use tag ropes, and so on. What’s this one here? They whisper behind the papers, and agree to this. Also in the contract is Tony Khan’s promise that on 8/12, FTR gets the one night “Tag Team Appreciation Night” segment, as hosted by them. That’s all they need to hear, and they sign away.
Hangman Page comes by to check on FTR. Now it’s official, because they can drink to it! Some whiskey for everyone, even Tony. Arn will have to pass. Hangman really loads his up… Not the cheap stuff, wow. Gets in the nostrils. And Hangman realizes he did pour too much. No but it’s good, though. Cheers to the newest signings to the AEW Tag Division! Will FTR ride alongside The Cowboy and The Enforcer?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson!
Speaking of Hangman, he and The Cleaner are about to face the still undefeated and still highly motivated original members of AEW’s resident cult! Uno and Grayson finally get a shot at the tag titles, will they hit the mark? Or will Omega and Hangman pull off some Best Bout Cowboy Sh*t to deny them the gold?
An interesting detail to note, Anna Jay has returned! It seems she did #JoinDarkOrder, but what Number is she? As for this highly anticipated match, the champions will make their way out, after the break!
AEW returns as Hangman makes his entrance, followed by Omega. Cabana is on commentary and thanks Brodie for that opportunity. Wait, Hangman fires off on Uno and Stu before Omega is even down the ramp! The ref tries to restore order and Omega realizes what’s happening! Omega runs in and gets Hangman to let off. The teams cool off and sort out, and Uno goes after Omega! Uno bumps Omega off buckles and CHOPS him in the Dark Order corner. Uno BOOTS, Stu holds Omega in place for a mugging! The crowd boos and Uno runs to back elbow Omega. Tag to Stu, Uno scoops Omega and Stu springboards, elbow drop sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO!
Stu drags Omega up, Omega throws forearms and CHOPS back! Omega CHOPS more, Stu kicks low and whips, but Omega reverses. Uno saves Stu and Stu boots back! But Omega runs back and BOOTS Uno for it! Stu mule kicks Omega, whips Omega but Omega reverses. Omega tilt-o-whirl backbreakers Stu and the Bucks are spotted watching from the crowd. Omega tags Hangman in and they double whip Stu. They double kick, kick and run to boot and KOTARO KRUSHER! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps on Stu and tags Omega back in. Omega springboards to ax handle Stu down!
Uno runs in, Omega dodges and Hangman CHOPS! Omega CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, repeat! Uno covers up but gets a CHOP to the back! Then DOUBLE DOUBLE CHOPS! The crowd fires up as Omega and Hangman high ten. Brodie paces while Anna Jay stares intensely. Stu clubs Omega from behind and the ref tells Hangman to go back to his corner. SCU’s Frankie Kazarian is spotted watching this match as Stu whips Omega to the corner. Stu pie faces Hangman while Uno gets a cheap shot! Stu runs in, Omega goes up and over, Uno and Hangman tag in! Hangman dodges Uno and BOOTS him down! Then he triangle lariats Stu down! Uno kicks low, whips but Hangman reverses to reel him in, for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Hangman kips up and DECKS Stu to then dodge and clothesline Uno out! The crowd fires up as Hangman PESCADOS! Stu takes the hit, but Uno POSTS Hangman down! Omega runs over but gets thrown into barriers! Uno dusts himself off while he regroups with Stu. Brodie feels better about what’s going on as Uno covers. TWO, but Uno keeps on Hangman with elbows to the head. Uno pulls on the fingers and BITES! The ref counts, Uno lets up and tags in Stu. The Dark Order double CHOP Hangman in a corner, then Uno RAMS Stu into Hangman’s stomach! Stu snapmares and runs to Penalty KICK! Cover, ONE, but Stu tries again, ONE! The crowd rallies up as Stu brings Hangman up. Hangman shoves, Stu knees and whips to elbow Hangman down!
Stu keeps Hangman from Omega and tags in Uno. The Dark Order mug Hangman, Stu digs his fingers in and Uno throws forearms. Uno brings Hangman out to suplex, but Hangman fights back! Stu tags in, Uno gets Hangman up for Stu to ROUNDHOUSE into the suplex! Cover, Omega breaks it up! Omega stomps away on Stu before he backs off, but Stu drags Hangman away. Stu stomps Hangman more then brings him up, only for Hangman to CHOP back! AEW goes picture in picture as Stu powers Hangman to the Dark Order corner, #DOvsELITE.
Uno tags in, the Dark Order mugs Hangman and Uno CLAWS Hangman’s chest! The ref reprimands but Uno throws haymakers on Hangman. Uno digs his boot into Hangman’s chin but lets up at the count of 4. Stu chokes Hangman during the distraction! Uno drags Hangman up, but Hangman fights back! Hangman throws elbows and fists, then forearm after forearm on Uno. Uno chop blocks Hangman before he can reach Omega! Uno drags Hangman away, tags in Stu, and Stu drops knees on Hangman’s head! Stu mocks Hangman’s pain before he pushes Hangman to the apron. Stu digs his boots in, tags Uno and then slingshot sentons to the apron! Uno takes a bow on behalf of The Dark Order, Stu gets a cheap shot, and Uno drags Hangman up.
Uno elbows Hangman, tags Stu, but Hangman fights back again! Hangman DECKS Uno but Stu CHOPS back! Stu whips Hangman, Hangman catches him for a scoop slam! Hangman wobbles around and tags in Omega! Omega rallies on Stu with big Polish hammers! Stu ducks the discus to mule kick and whip. Omega reverse, fireman’s carries, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” AEW returns single picture for the Rolling Senton and moonsault! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool as he drags Stu back up. Full nelson, but Stu denies the Dragon Suplex! Uno tags in and JABS Omega! Uno elbows Omega’s head, Dark Order double whips but Hangman tags in before Omega kicks Uno away! Omega boots Stu’s punch away, then V-TRIGGERS!
Uno runs into a waistlock, elbows out hard, but Hangman comes in for the rolling elbow! Omega pops Uno up to Hangman’s GERMAN! Hangman fires up, tags Omega back in, and they focus on Stu. “This is Awesome!” as hangman corner clotheslines. Omega back elbows, then feeds Stu to Hangman’s pop up. Stu huricanranas out of the bomb, but Omega runs in. The V-Trigger misses, Stu CHOPS! Stu whips. Omega reverses, Stu FLIES out onto Hangman!! Uno BOOTS Omega down! Uno goes up top fast, leaps, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Stu tags in and the Dark Order focus on Omega. Pop up to Electric Chair, toss to a BOMB!! Cover, Hangman breaks it in time! The crowd fires up again while Brodie paces.
Uno and Stu mug Hangman and put him in the corner. They bring Omega over but Omega fights them off. Omega rocks each of them with forearms and elbows! Uno goes down but Stu KNEES Omega! Omega falls back into Uno’s kangaroo kick, “GET OVER HERE!” Stu OVERHEAD suplexes Omega onto Hangman! Stu climbs up, Uno runs, CANNONBALL and 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives and the Dark Order can’t believe it! The crowd is thunderous behind Omega as Uno tags back in. Uno drags Omega up as Stu climbs, but Omega fights out to foil Fatality! Uno bumps into Stu but blocks Omega’s kick. Uno gives the foot to the ref to hit Omega with a neckbreaker! Hangman gets in to boot, Uno blocks to JAB Hangman down!
Omega staggers up, but gets around Uno to SNAP DRAGON! But Stu still FIVE STAR FROG SPLASHES! He bounces off the cover for Hangman to run and LARIAT down! Uno boots Hangman to then ROCK him with a right. Uno runs into the POP-UP BOMB! Omega takes aim at Uno, BLINDSIDE V-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Uno survives but Omega keeps his focus. Tag to Hangman, they want to end this! Slingshot, LAST CALL!! Cover, Omega and Hangman win!!
Winners: Hangman Page & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Stu was a second too late and Brodie is furious! Brodie yanks Cabana off commentary and ushers him out. Cabana and Anna leave while Brodie turns back to Uno and Stu. “Are you kidding me?!” Brodie is not happy with his original members, and he SLAPS Uno with papers! Brodie grabs Stu by his face and pushes him. “Oh, Hangman, you think that’s funny?” Brodie sees his friends are here this time. Speaking of, the Bucks now move to ringside. Brodie “thanks” Omega for actually showing up tonight. Hangman must really appreciate that. You see, this is not all of The Dark Order. The Dark Order is everywhere, and they have strength in numbers. Hangman has pissed Brodie off for the last time, and now Hangman will pay.
They’re coming in from the crowd! It’s Number 5, Alan Angels! And the mysterious Numbers 8 and 9! We haven’t seen those two in weeks! Number 10, Preston Vance, also hops in, as we might finally have Numbers 6 and 7, too! Uno and Stu get back up, for an 8v4 advantage! Brodie laughs but FTR come out to even the odds! They SMASH Brodie with another one of those coolers! The brawl breaks loose, SUPERKICKS and fists flying everywhere! The Elite and FTR hold the ring as Brodie gets back up. The Dark Order regroups and Brodie is actually amused. Brodie has his Numbers stand down but he continues to mock Omega’s commitment. Will the Dark Order’s strength in numbers eventually win out against the rest of AEW?
Britt Baker speaks.
“I just want to address something very quickly, because I know Big Swole is in the Women’s Tag Team Tournament.” Britt saw the commercial like we did, and she knows the suspension doesn’t last forever. She’s not dumb, she’s a dentist. But Britt knows more than anything, Swole wants to get “her grimy hands” on Britt because Swole is obsessed with Britt. After some careful thinking, Britt being a role model, she will give Swole her shot at Britt. But only if Swole can beat an opponent of Britt’s choosing. Don’t forget, Swole, this is still Britt’s division. Who will Britt choose to face Big Swole in an attempt to teach her a lesson?
AEW takes a closer look at Diamante.
The Cuban Diamond has been busting her ass for 10 years on the independents. For an unsigned talent to get a win over the champion would send her straight to the top to be a contender. Diamante wants the rest of the Women’s Division to fear her since they will feel her! Diamante will get it done by any means necessary, because she has nothing to lose and everything to prove. “The pressure makes diamonds.” Will that pressure help Diamante gain the gold?
Hikaru Shida VS Diamante!
The Samurai of Stardom is just one win away from being the first woman in AEW’s 20 Club! Will she get it off the determined Cuban Diamond?
The bell rings and Shida offers a handshake, but Diamante pie faces her instead! Shida goes after Diamante and they end up on the ropes. The ref counts, Shida lets off but Diamante turns things around to CHOP Shida! Diamante goes to chop again but Shida dodges to fire off forearms! Shida knees, whips, but Diamante blocks the clothesline to throw Shida down by her hair! Shida kips up, Diamante CHOPS her back down! Diamante rains down left hands, Shida pushes her off and throws hands of her own. They continue to scrap to the apron and then the floor. Diamante runs but Shida fireman’s carry to put Shida on the railing! Shida runs and KNEES Diamante down! The crowd fires up as Shida drags Diamante up and in.
Shida climbs the corner as Diamante gets up. Shida leaps to missile dropkick Diamante down! Cover, TWO, but Shida throws big haymakers! Shida sits Diamante up to DECK her again! And again! Shida drags Diamante up but Diamante hits back! Diamante throws more forearms but Shida gives them back. The two brawl, back and forth, fast and furious! Diamante kicks low, whips, but Shida slips around to suplex. Diamante slips out, waistlocks and spins to forearm! Shida forearms back then KNEES Diamante down! The crowd fires up for Shida as she has Diamante on the apron. Shida climbs up, brings Diamante around but Diamante resists the dead lift. Diamante throws hands to hotshot Shida down!
Diamante has Shida in the corner for CHOPS! Shida hits back but Diamante CHOPS more and more and more! The ref counts, Diamante lets up to then bring Shida back up. Shida shoves Diamante away, Diamante comes back with a wheelbarrow to the STUNNER! Cover, ONE!! Diamante grows frustrated but she drags Shida back up. Diamante talks smack, hops on but Shida pops her off. Diamante mule kicks Shida down then talks more trash. She drags Shida back up, hops on, but the sunset bomb ends up just a flip, and Shida ends up in ropes! No cover and Diamante is annoyed. Shida flounders up into a KNEE! Diamante drags Shida up but Shida throws body shots. Shida suplexes and holds Diamante for 10 before the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!?!
Shida won’t stay shocked, she powers up and runs, to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
And there’s number 20! Shida continues to shine, but got one hell of a fight out of Diamante. Diamante may not have won the match, but did she just earn herself a contract with AEW?
AEW explains the rules of the Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament: The Deadly Draw!
The tournament is a RANDOM draw to assign teams! The participants will draw colors from an assortment, thereby color coding teams. These selections are final and cannot be appealed! Who will have the luck of the draw to create the ultimate team? Who goes all the way to win the Women’s Tag Team Cup trophy? This tournament starts this Monday on AEW’s YouTube!
Backstage interview with Nyla Rose and Vickie Guerrero!
Having heard the Deadly Draw announcement, Dasha asks who the Native Beast and her new manager are looking forward to having as a tag partner. Vickie answers for Nyla by saying it doesn’t matter! That trophy is as good as theirs! So if you’ll excuse her, Nyla draws. She is on the purple team. Nyla likes purple. And wouldn’t you know, someone else has already drawn purple! It’s the new addition to AEW, Cameron! Or as she’s now known as, Arian. She’s back in wrestling, #GirlHi. Will Team Purple be able to coexist and take the cup? Or will it be #GirlBye the moment the Funcadactyl messes up?
Wardlow knocks on MJF’s door.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman walks out, admires his very politician style poster, “We Deserve Better as an AEW Champion,” gets fed a stick of gum by an assistant, and signs a form. Wardlow accompanies MJF to gorilla and out on stage. MJF has a presidential style seal on a podium as he waves to the crowd. AEW goes picture in picture as the entrance continues, no secret sweepstakes hashtag here apparently.
MJF says hi to commentary, but then gets hand sanitizer after shaking hands. And that’s probably not just a #StaySafeStayHealthy thing, either. MJF kisses a “baby” but also needs mouthwash for that. Again, probably not because of current circumstances, MJF just doesn’t like babies. MJF takes pictures with a “fan” wearing his button, and then admires one of his political signs. AEW goes to break as MJF finishes up the rounds, what will he have to say for his “State of the Industry Address?”
AEW returns and MJF has made it to his podium. MJF thanks the booing crowd for being here, and he thanks Tony Khan for giving MJF this time to speak to the marks- er, uh, people. MJF wants us to be honest, though. Wrestling fans aren’t that bright, but fortunately, he has “an exorbitant amount of time to force feed you all with knowledge like a 5-year-old being fed Mac ‘n’ Cheese.” The assistant tells him to stick to the notes. Right, sorry, honey. But please smile, you look much better that way. Moving on to the speech. “Before I start this speech, I would like to implore you, our AEW fans who we are so grateful for,” to use the following hashtags on social media. #MJF2020, #NotMyChampion. We will all find out why in a moment’s time, please bear with him.
MJF says that right now, the fans are probably shocked to see him on Dynamite two weeks in a row, instead of on the sidelines with all the bench warmers. Doing great, by the way, guys. MJF is sure the fans see his point and wonder why that happens to him. MJF will tell us why. “The reason I’m never spotlighted two weeks in a row is because a certain individual is afraid of being upstaged two weeks in a row.” That is why MJF says it is time for a change in leadership! Change: a powerful word. MJF remembers when AEW first started, men were calling for change. One man in particular called for a “paradigm shift.” That man called for out with the old and in with the new. MJF isn’t sure about the fans, but to him, a guy on top of the card who gets to do what he wants, say what he wants and face only who he wants “simply because he came from the place of ‘titans,'” isn’t new. That’s old hat, brother.
AEW quickly went from being a wrestling revolution to an unfortunate dictatorship. That is why Jon Moxley is #NotMyChampion! MJF cannot tell a lie, and will not stand here and pretend Moxley isn’t one of the greatest wrestlers this sport has ever seen. However, it is “high time that we as a society have an honest discussion about all the negative side effects that have occurred every since the Moxley reign has started.” Wrestling is on the marquee, and yet where is it? All MJF sees is a bunch of great wrestlers coming out to the ring and perform gymnastics, “flip, flop ‘n’ fly and-or almost DIE in an attempt to make you, the viewers, think they’re good at their job.” But he doesn’t blame the fans, because they were brainwashed into thinking that’s what good pro-wrestling is. That brainwashing starts all the way at the top.
“That is why, Jonathon, a world champion is supposed to lead by example. He is not supposed to let his roster mates come out here and play-wrestle, and he’s damn sure not supposed to come out here and cosplay as a specific wrestler, and that’s a stone cold fact.” MJF doesn’t have to play wrestler because he is one. He is undefeated, the first and the last MJF. You know what he isn’t? A media analyst. Yet, everyone wants to pretend to be because people want to talk about ratings! That is why “Dictator Jon” is treated so well! It all comes down to the value of his name! “Because where on Earth would the numbers lie without Dictator Jon, right?! Wrong.” On average, the one who draws better minute to minute is MJF! Did you not know that? That’s because Dictator Jon doesn’t want you to!
According to Dictator Jon, MJF is not on his level so why should he have to deal with MJF? How dare you! AEW is the land of opportunity but Moxley has squandered that! That is why they need a new guard, since the old guard has been running the planet for centuries, and look where it’s gotten us! War, famine, disease! The planet is dying and so are our morals, and so here we are! Moxley runs the show, and the infrastructure is falling and falling fast. MJF vows to catch this company, throw it on his back and carry it up the steep terrain all the way to the top! MJF’s talent outweighs Moxley’s tenure! MJF is AEW! MJF bleeds black, white and gold! MJF is the guy who will lead this company for the next 25 YEARS!! “Do the math and grab a calculator.”
That is why MJF will “not stop until we go from happily glad-handing for being ‘the alternative,’ and transform this brand into the pinnacle of professional wrestling!” That much the crowd can get behind. MJF challenges for the AEW World Championship for ALL OUT!! #WeDeserveBetter! But will MJF’s AEW truly be better?
AEW announces matches and segments for next week!
After the sudden attack and the subsequent save, Code Rhodes teams with Matt Cardona against The Dark Order’s Silver & Reynolds! Will the American Nightmare and #StrongIsland shut down the Beaver Boys? Woo woo woo, you know it! MJF also promises to continue his “campaign” with an update of sorts, but what more will he have to say in just a week’s time? And if you thought tonight’s 5v5 was big, The Dark Order takes on The Elite and FTR in a TWELVE MAN TAG!! Brodie Lee leads Uno, Stu, Angels, mean green Number 9 and even Colt Cabana against the Young Bucks, Omega, Page, Wheeler and Harwood! All this and more for AEW “Super Wednesday!”
No Disqualification Tornado Tag: Jon Moxley & Darby Allin VS Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Taz!
The Maniac and the Undead Daredevil unite again, and this time it is to take on The Machine and Absolute to settle scores from the last few weeks. Will Moxley and Darby be enough to stop The Path of Cage?
But while Darby’s music plays, he doesn’t appear. Moxley makes his entrance from the crowd as always, but surely even he has to be worried something’s already happened to Darby. Is this about to become a No Disqualification Handicap match? Taz talks and mocks Moxley with, “Where’s your skateboard buddy?” Ricky Starks beat the living sh*t out of him and Darby couldn’t come back tonight? Moxley is going to be bounced around the ring the FTW Champion! Look at the deltoids! The traps! He’s got biceps like hammers and triceps like pistons! Then there’s “the always smooth,” Ricky Starks. Taz passes the mic and Starks says you are looking at Absolute! No one better, with Cage as the exception.
Starks is young, handsome, successful, “basically everything your baby mama wishes you were.” Speaking frankly, that is why Starks was recruited by Taz. Taz saw Starks has something different than Mox and Darby. “So when a man who choked out an Olympic gold medalist tells me to go get ’em, well guess what, baby? I got ’em.” That is no different than what happens tonight! Darby is the enigma, he’s mysterious~! Well Starks figured out that you dress like Pigpen and you wrestle like a crash test dummy, and there’s a huge stark contrast between them. That is why they can try to go against Cage or Starks, but when you try hard, you die hard! They’re gonna dig two graves tonight! Is this all but a forgone conclusion for Team Taz?
But speaking of, as Team Taz makes their entrance, Darby Allin COFFIN DROPS from the rafters!! Darby takes them both down and Moxley joins him on stage! Taz claims it was a trap, and maybe it was, but the brawl is on!
Cage turns things around and throws Moxley down the ramp. Darby stomps Starks as Cage kicks Moxley to ringside. Cage bumps Mox off the apron while Starks is floundering. Cage bumps Moxley off barriers then rocks him with a right hand. Darby clubs Starks on the ramp, Starks shoves him and clotheslines him into the ring! Starks goes after Darby but Darby kicks him back out! Moxley and Cage brawl, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS but Cage ROUNDHOUSES! Darby PESCADOS at Cage but bounces off! Cage scoops Darby, does some curls, but Moxley DIVES! Cage goes down and the crowd fires up! Moxley helps Darby up and they start looking under the ring. Out comes a trash can! Moxley sets the can down as AEW goes picture in picture, #MoxDarbyCageStarks.
Moxley brings Cage around while Darby is on the apron, Starks intercepts Darby with a SPEAR! Mox shoves Cage away to KNEE Starks down in return. Moxley drags Starks up but Cage SMASHES Mox with the trash can! Cage boots Moxley down, Starks shakes out the cobwebs and Team Taz drag Moxley into the ring. Starks stomps Darby down and this match finally has a real start! Cage clubs Moxley and Starks adds stomps. Cage throws more forearms then whips Moxley corner to corner. Moxley hits buckles hard and falls back but Team Taz looms over him. Cage drags Moxley up, throws more forearms, and even CHOPS! Starks clubs Mox, but Moxley fights back! Moxley forearms and chops but runs into double elbows! Darby returns to missile dropkick Cage!
Darby baits Starks in, boots him, then jumps over to shotgun dropkick Starks down! Darby goes to the apron with Starks but Starks POSTS him! Moxley returns to grab Starks while he air guitars! Sleeper hold through the ropes! But Cage clubs Mox from behind! Cage scoops Moxley but Darby is up top and leaps! The seated senton doesn’t even make Cage wobble! Cage gives them the POWERSLAM POWERBOMB COMBO! But Cage doesn’t cover, he wants to hurt these guys. Cage kicks Moxley out, drags Darby up and AEW returns to single picture. Cage rams his shoulder into Darby at the corner, then brings him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX into Starks’ Edge-o-matic! Starks covers, TWO!! Darby survives so Starks stomps him down!
Cage drags Darby up and coordinates with Starks. Starks runs but into Moxley’s chair shot! Moxley throws forearms on Cage, then runs, into an uppercut! Cage runs, Moxley knees low! Moxley runs into Cage’s BOOT! Cage has Darby but Darby slips around to Throwback Stunner! Starks SPEARS Darby again! Starks runs into Moxley’s knee and CUTTER! But Moxley turns around into Cage’s DISCUS LARIAT! All four men are down and the crowd is fired up! Even Taz likes what he sees as Cage stands up first. Cage drags Moxley up, suplexes but Mox slips out. Cage elbows back, runs but Moxley ducks to get around, SNAP GERMAN! Moxley drags Cage up, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! ARMBAR! Cage clasps hands, Stars KNEES Moxley down! Cover, TWO!
Starks rains down palm strikes on Moxley then stomps him. Cage goes out and brings in a trash can! Starks grabs the can, puts it in place, and brings Moxley around. Cage helps out to double suplex but Moxley blocks! Moxley fires body shots, runs into a SUPERKICK from Cage! Cage and Starks both Alabama lift Moxley for a DOUBLE ALABAMA SLAM onto the trash can! Cover, Darby breaks it in time! Starks rains down rights on Darby then kicks him. Starks drags Darby up, Team Taz double whip him to a corner, but Darby dodges Starks’ spear to POST him! Cage runs into boots, Darby runs into a pop-up! Cage tosses Darby but Mox saves him from the buckles! Darby boots Cage, Moxley kicks low, underhook and Darby climbs, COFFIN DROP PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley DIVES onto Starks! Darby covers Cage, TWO!!!
Cage survives and Taz freaks out on commentary. Darby has the crashed can and SMASHES it on Cage’s bad arm! Cage gets out of the ring, Darby follows but fetches something from under the ring. He has his skateboard, with all the tacks on the bottom! Starks hurries over but gets JAMMED with the edge! Darby goes up top with his board but Cage anchors him. Moxley hits a Drive By Dropkick, and gets the arm! Moxley has Cage anchored with the armbar, Darby aims at Starks, SKATEBOARD TACK ATTACK!! Cover, Darby and Moxley win!!
Winners: Darby Allin & Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Starks absolutely BLEEDS from his back as he and Cage are outsmarted and outdone by Darby and the Death Rider! Taz has to accept this because it was No Disqualifications. But will he accept this as the end of the war? Or just one battle of many? As for Darby and Moxley, the AEW World Championship is going to be on the line next week as Moxley faces Darby! Will these two go to new extremes as they go from allies to adversaries?
Another great episode of AEW, but there is clearly something that happened, or rather didn’t happen, that really hurts the quality of the show and AEW as a whole. Hikaru Shida VS Diamante was advertised on both AEW Dark and AEW social media as an AEW Women’s World Championship match. I’m not the only one who saw it, other wrestling sites saw the announcement, too. Of course, the tweet announcing it is gone, as if to hide the evidence, but it’s too late, we all saw it. It really bummed me out when the match was just a normal match, and not all that much of one, either. I almost have to think the advertising wasn’t a mistake so much as showing their hand for plans they have in the coming weeks and they got the timing wrong.
Another thing that wasn’t exactly to my liking was MJF doing a political shtick. Now, the promo MJF gave was still great because he is a great talker. He makes points I’ve heard before, and his points are fairly valid. And admittedly, his presidential seal looks good, too. I feel like this all would’ve worked even better if he was aiming for Cody, but at the same time, MJF aiming for the top is very MJF of him. Moxley, Darby, Cage and Starks have a great No DQ main event, and I suppose it makes a lot of sense for Darby to get the finish so he gets his revenge. Mox VS Darby for the title next week will be great stuff, but definitely expect Wardlow and MJF to show up to make a point of MJF wanting the title match for All Out.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the 5v5 start the night, it was a lot of wild fun, and it works for Cassidy and company to win to extend the story. Jericho referencing politics with the debate next week is apparently a sign this is how AEW is going to do things for a minute, because 2020 being the big election year. Again, not really my thing but Jericho trying to get Cassidy to talk about anything is actually a pretty good idea. Their rematch set for 8/12 is going to be great, too, happy to see that. Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara aren’t through with each other, and I wouldn’t mind seeing Sammy bring Proud ‘n’ Powerful along to take on Hardy Party so that the story between Private Party and Matt Hardy can also progress at the same time.
FTR signing their “official” contracts was a good segment, it really pushes that tease of AEW’s Four Horsemen with Arn being in FTR’s corner and now Hangman being a drinking buddy. The tag title match was great, Omega and Page retain without dysfunction, and now bringing the Dark Order further into the story is great. That 6v6 is going to be wild. Cody Rhodes VS Warhorse was great stuff, though it was pretty clear Cody would retain. The great surprise is Matt Cardona, aka Zack Ryder, making a debut by saving Cody! It seems The Dark Order VS The Elite (and friends) is the next feud and that’s really great. I’m glad we got to see Anna Jay again, even if she was just standing their in her sequin mask. She could bring The Dark Order into the Women’s Division, especially with the Deadly Draw and the tag tournament coming.
Speaking of that tournament, Nyla Rose getting Arian/Cameron as a partner could actually turn out pretty good for both of them. Arian is returning to televised wrestling so she’ll get some shine literally tagging along with a monster Heel like Nyla. And if Nyla’s team is going to lose, it’ll be because Arian takes the loss to keep Nyla strong. I feel like “fate” will keep the Nightmare Sisters, Brandi Rhodes and Allie, together for them to go far, but there could still be the betrayal we’ve all been anticipating. Britt Baker calls out Swole, but who is she going to have Swole face if Nyla is busy with the tag tournament? I suddenly fear it might be Abadon… Either way, Swole has to win that so that she and Britt can have an All Out match.
My Score: 9/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/28/23)
What’re the odds?
Will the Devil of AEW pay for his sins in Sin City?
Double or Nothing raises the stakes on MJF by putting him in a Fatal 4 Way for the AEW World Championship! Will his reign of terror survive a weekend in Las Vegas?
- Buy-In – High Stakes Six Man Tag: Hook & The Hardy Boyz VS Ethan Page & The Gunns; Hook & The Hardy Boyz win and Matt Hardy controls Ethan Page’s AEW contract.
- AEW International Blackjack Battle Royal: Orange Cassidy wins and retains the title.
- Unsanctioned Match, Special Enforcer Sabu: Adam Cole VS Chris Jericho; Cole wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships, Special Referee Mark Briscoe: FTR VS Team Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; FTR wins and retains the titles.
- AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Wardlow VS Christian Cage w/ Luchasaurus; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Jamie Hayter VS Toni Storm; Storm wins and becomes the new AEW Women’s World Champion.
- AEW World Trios Championships Open House Rules Open Challenge: The House of Black VS The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn; The House of Black wins and retains the titles.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Taya Valkyrie; Jade wins and retains the title.
- AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Kris Statlander; Kris wins and becomes the new AEW TBS Champion.
- AEW World Championship Fatal 4 Way: MJF VS Sammy Guevara VS “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Darby Allin; MJF wins and retains the title.
- Anarchy in the Arena II: The Elite VS Blackpool Combat Club; The BCC wins.
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It’s the Double or Nothing Buy-In!
Join Renee Paquette, Paul “Big Show” Wight, Stokely Hathaway and Kazeem Famuyide in discussing, analyzing and predicting everything tonight on this high stakes night for AEW! Oh, and RJ City is backstage on the red carpet.
Jim Ross interviews Don Callis.
Watch the full version here. Good ol’ JR asked Don, “How do you want this whole saga to conclude?” Don says he has done the hardest thing that a parent or family member could do. It was a cancer eating away with him, and what do you do with a cancer? You cut it out. And Don wants Kenny Omega to know, he hasn’t even started cutting yet. What more can Don possibly do to Kenny Omega after betraying him?
RJ City interviews Arn Anderson.
RJ is intimidated by The Enforcer, and he asks that in tonight’s TNT Championship match, Wardlow’s title will be hanging from the rafters because he got goaded into a ladder match. It feels like they’re playing into Christian Cage’s hands, what is the plan to win? Arn asks, “What makes you think anybody got goaded into their hands?” Arn reminds us that he and Wardlow are playing chess to Christian’s checkers, and they were the ones goading Christian into a match. Does RJ know how heavy a 10 foot ladder is? Arn sure doesn’t see Christian carrying one around much. But he does see Wardlow having yet to unleash what we’re about to see tonight, “in a town that’s up all night long.”
This isn’t them playing around, they’re getting down to business. And Wardlow’s going off tonight. RJ asks Arn if he’s packing heat tonight. Arn chuckles. Ask your mama. “My new step-father, Arn Anderson. Back to you, Renee.” Will the Maestro of Mayhem conduct the most memorable Powerbomb Symphony of all time?
Buy-In – High Stakes Six Man Tag: Hook & The Hardy Boyz w/ Isiah Kassidy VS Ethan Page & The Gunns!
The Firm may have been DELETED, but All Ego & The Ass Boys still want to bring Matt & Jeff Hardy down! However, taking out Isiah Kassidy only opened the door to the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil! Will the FTW Champion help The Hardys take control of Ethan’s life? Or will Hook & The Hardys be the ones rendered OBSOLETE?
The trios sort out and Hook starts against Austin. They circle, tie up, and go around. Austin wrenches an arm to a wristlock but Hook wrenches back. Hook wristlocks while the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks, but Hook power up and out. Austin runs Hook over and fans boo but Austin tells Hook to “SUCK IT!” But Hook gest the leg to a KNEEBAR! Austin gets the ROPEBREAK, Hook lets him go, and the two reset. Ethan tells fans to shut up before he steals their girl. Austin rushes in, but Hook waistlocks and SLAMS him! Fans fire up, Hook gets the arm, and he grinds the shoulder.
Hook brings Austin over, he tags in Matt, and Matt goes up. The fans fire up for the AX HANDLE! Hardy wrenches the arm, ELBOW BREAKER after ELBOW BREAKER, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Tag to Jeff, he and Matt double whip to double elbow Austin down. SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! A classic! Cover, TWO! Jeff CLUBS Austin, brings him up and wrenches. Tag to Hook and Hook takes a handoff to a SAYANAGI! Colten storms in but into a SAYANAGI! Ethan storms in, but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up as the Hardys return, they all clothesline Ethan & The Gunns out of the ring!
Fans cheer and chant “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” with Matt. The fans then taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as they and Ethan regroup. Ethan tells them to get their heads in the game, this is his contract they’re fighting for! Austin tells fans to shut up, but then Hook & The Hardys go out after Ethan & The Gunns! Matt SMACKS Ethan off steel steps, Hook puts Austin in the ring, but Colten turns things around to SMACK Jeff off a corner crossbar! Hook shoulders into Austin but Colten anchors Hook. Hook kicks Colten away, DECKS Ethan, then goes in, but Austin dodges. Austin trips Hook, runs in, BULLDOG!
Austin drags Hook back, tags Colten, and Colten brings Hook to bump him off buckles. Colten stomps a mudhole in, he soaks up the heat and taunts Matt. The ref keeps Matt back, but Ethan uses that to CHOKE Hook! Ethan tags in, he brings Hook along and bumps him off the buckles. Fans rally, Ethan throws hands but Hook counter punches! Fans fire up as Hook backs Ethan down with forearm after forearm! Hook whips, Ethan reverses but Hook BOOTS back! Hook goes up but Ethan ROCKS him! Then scoops to POWERSLAM! Ethan BLASTS the Hardys and fans boo, but Austin tags in.
Ethan tells the fans to kiss this, then Austin puts Hook in the corner. Austin goes corner to corner, but Hook dodges! Austin POSTS himself and then goes out of the ring! Colten and Ethan hurry to get Austin up and into the ring! Ethan tags in, he drags Hook from the Hardys, but Hook shoots around to EL CAMINO! Hot tags to Colten and Matt! Fans rally as Matt rallies on Colten with forearms! And then “DELETE!” buckle bumps! Fans fire up but Austin runs in, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Colten kicks low, whips but Matt reverses, SIDE EFFECT! Ethan CLUBS Matt, bumps him off buckles, and blocks a boot!
Ethan swings but Matt catches Ethan to a SIDE EFFECT! Colten storms up, Matt DECKS him! Matt goes up, ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Colten stays in this for Ethan but Matt calls his shot! Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” and Kassidy tells Ethan to “SUCK IT!” But Austin goes after Kassidy and pulls his neck brace off! Ethan shoves Kassidy down! Matt rushes over to help Kassidy, but he has to hurry back into the ring. Colten is there to DROPKICK Matt down! Fans boo but Colten drags Matt over. Tag to Ethan, Ethan rains down fists on Matt! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, and shouts, “Hardy who?!”
Ethan stomps Matt at the ropes, ROCKS him, but Matt throws hands! Ethan rakes the eyes and puts him in the corner! The ref counts, but Austin is sneaking a grab at Matt’s shirt! Austin holds the shirt to trap Matt. Matt elbows Austin, but Colten tags in to stomp Matt! Austin anchors a foot to keep Matt trapped, and then Ethan tags in. Ethan drags Matt up, kicks low, and then goes up the corner. Ethan mocks the V1, leaps, and AX ANDLES Matt down! Ethan taunts Hook, and he says it is his turn to “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans boo, but Ethan reels Matt in, TWIST OF- NO, Matt RAMS Ethan into the corner!
Colten tags in and he keeps Matt from his corner! Colten whips, Matt holds ropes, and then Matt throws Colten up and out! Austin hurries in but only gets buckles! Matt crawls for his corner, fans rally up, but Colten crawls in! Colten anchors Matt, then Austin and Ethan trip Jeff and Hook! Colten hits a BIG back suplex! Tag to Austin, he drags Matt up and snapmares into a chinlock. Austin grinds Matt down but fans boo. Matt fights up, fans rally, but Austin brings him to the corner. Tag to Colten, the Gunns mug Matt. Fans rally for Matt but Colten bumps him off buckles. Colten says “SUCK IT!” then runs in, but only gets buckles!
Colten staggers but he tags Ethan in. Ethan drags Matt back, but Matt avoids the elbow drop! TWIST OF- NO, Ethan fights it, so Matt just DDTs Ethan down! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tags to Austin and Jeff! Brother Nero rallies on the Gunns, SLINGBLADE for Colten! Kick and whip for Austin, but Austin reverses. Jeff CLOBBERS Austin! And then atomic drops Colten, trips him, and LEG SPLITTING LEG DROPS! And basement dropkicks! Austin returns but Jeff gets around him, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and the LEG TRAP CRADLE! TWO! But Jeff calls his shot, kicks low, TWIST- NO, Austin shoves him away!
Austin runs in at the corner but Jeff BOOTS him down! Jeff goes up the corner, fans fire up and Jeff FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Jeff calls his shot again. Jeff kicks Austin low, reels him in, but Austin slips out of the Twist! Jeff hobbles, he ELBOWS Austin away, goes up the ropes, but he slips and falls! No Whisper in the Wind, and Austin tags Ethan. Ethan hurries after Jeff, but Jeff JAWBREAKERS free! Ethan goes after a leg, he keeps Jeff from the corner, but Jeff SPIN BACK KICKS! Hot tag to Hook! Hook rallies on Ethan with body shots! Hook fires off in the corner and fans fire up!
Hook HEADBUTTS, then clinches, but Ethan fights the suplex. Ethan knees and CLUBS Hook, suplexes, but Hook knees free to snap suplex in return! Hook hurries back up, and he CLUBS away on Ethan’s chest! Ethan blocks, throws Hook, and RAMS Hook into the corner. Ethan ELBOWS Hook, and ROUNDHOUSES! Hook falls and Ethan drags him to center. But Hook rolls to drag Ethan down! ARMBAR!! Ethan flails, Colten CLOBBERS Hook! Matt gets in but the ref keeps him back. The ref reprimands Colten and he exits, but then Ethan tags him in. Ethan and Colten drag Hook up, double whip, but Hook dodges!
Matt sneaks a tag before Hook LARIATS Ethan! Matt fires off on Colten, bumps him off buckles, and sets up for Jeff! Jeff manages to run in, POETRY IN MOTION! Matt brings Colten around, Jeff goes up! But Austin trips Jeff up! Matt DECKS Austin, dodges Colten, but Colten gets around! Austin returns, 3:10 TO YUMA!!! Cover, but Jeff SWANTON BOMBS it apart!! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Matt and Colten crawl, hot tags back to Hook and Ethan! They throw hands, Ethan throws elbows. And a BOOT!! Ethan scowls, he drags Hook back up, and he reels Hook in. Crucifix, but Hook fights free!
Hook wants the Redrum but the Gunns mug him! But the Hardys get the Gunns, STEREO TWISTS OF FATE!! Ethan stands up, and he’s surrounded! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Ethan wants mercy, but he gets a TWIST OF FATE! And then another TWIST OF FATE! And then REDRUM!!! Ethan TAPS, Hook & The Hardys win!
Winners: Hook & The Hardy Boyz, by submission (Matt Hardy now controls Ethan’s contract)
All Ego’s fate is sealed! What will Matt Hardy do to further the payback from everything The Firm did to him?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
She welcomes us to the opening ceremonies for the 2023 Owen Hart Cup, and welcomes out Dr. Martha Hart. Martha makes her entrance and has a mic of her own. Renee says it is always so great to have Marth, and it was this time last year that we had the tournament finals. This year, it all kicks off on Forbidden Door weekend. Yes, and Martha wants to say she is so happy to be back in beautiful Las Vegas. She is so happy to be back here with the AEW Family, and her own Owen Hart Foundation and her own family. She welcomes us all to the opening ceremonies of this year’s tournament to celebrate one of the most memorable wrestlers of all-time in Owen Hart.
Fans chant “OWEN! OWEN!” and Martha says that while last year, we were to dress up in bling and such, but the tournament is turning on its head and getting “gangster” this year. Maybe we should have our fedoras. Tony Khan walks out in such a fedora, with the Owen Hart Foundation logo on it. And Martha says this is not wrapping here but kicking off in Canada! And this will round up in Calgary at “the greatest outdoor show on earth,” the Calgary Stampede, July 15th! Make sure to bring your cowboy hats, pardners! Who will be in on this great tribute tournament to become the 2023 King and Queen of Hart?
Get ready to roll the dice.
“As the desert sun sets, the stakes rise. And on this Vegas night, fate will favor the bold, the risk takers. Only those willing to pay a high price survive this town. And the odds on the future? One in four. Tonight, from T-Mobile Arena, this is AEW Double or Nothing.”
AEW International Blackjack Battle Royal!
Orange Cassidy has made it to 22 defenses with this title, but this is going to be the biggest challenge yet! Including himself, this will be a 21 Man Battle Royal, all for the title! Will Freshly Squeezed survive The Superbad Squad, the Varsity Athletes, The Mogul Embassy, Naturally Limitless, “Big Bill” Morrissey, #TAIGASTYLE Lee Moriarty, Bullet Club Gold, “Absolute” Ricky Starks, Bandido, Komander, The Lucha Brothers, and even his own Best Friends? Or will someone come out of this the brand new champion?
Cassidy is the only one standing in the ring while everyone else surrounds him on the outside. The belt is raised, the bell rings, and Kip Sabian rushes in! Kip throws Cassidy up and over, but Cassidy holds onto the ropes! Naturally, Jay White & Juice Robinson go after Starks, Bandido goes after Kip and ends up saving Cassidy. Kip bumps Bandido off buckles, Fenix stomps Cassidy, and Penta just revels in the chaos. Penta goes after Daivari with CHOPS, Kip takes Cassidy’s sunglasses, but Fenix stomps Cassidy. Kip puts the sunglasses on, brings Cassidy up, Trent ASAI MOONSAULTS onto Morrissey!
Kip tries to throw Cassidy out again but he holds onto ropes to save himself. Cassidy throws elbows, Kip staggers away, The Butcher & The Blade go after Naturally Limitless, doing Swerve Strickland’s work for him. Starks lands on the apron, he ROCKS Juice, shoulders into White, then goes after them both! Josh Woods helps Daivari stay on the apron, and Komander tightrope walks?! He SUPER TORNILLOS Morrissey & Moriarty! Fans lose their minds and Komander gets back to the ring. White CHOKES Penta on the ropes, stomps him, then stomps Ricky. Penta GAMANGIRIS Daivari, then CLUBS White!
Bandido stomps Juice, Komander stomps Tony Nese, Bandido SUPERKICKS Juice! There’s still brawling on the outside, and the Lucha Amigos get the fans all fired up! They bring Nese up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Bandido suplexes Nese, and the others play defense! Bandido holds Nese up for TEN while forearms and SUPERKICKS fly all around! Then at TWENTY, the SLAM!! Bandido has everyone fired up and Bandido trophy lifts Nese! He still has the power to do that!? And then he TOSSES Nese out onto Woods to ELIMINATE him!! Fans are thunderous and Mark Sterling hurries to his team.
Daivari dumps Penta out but Penta lands on the apron. Penta drags Daivari up and over, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Nese anchors Penta’s foot! Daivari kicks low, then reels Penta in! Daivari mocks “CERO~! MIEDO~!” But Fenix TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICKS Daivari down, to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up again, but the Mogul Embassy isn’t impressed. Cage finally gets in and he swings, Komander dodges! Komander springboards but bounces off Cage’s shoulder! Penta runs in but Cage CLOBBERS him! Fenix gets up, cage TOSSES him to a corner to UPPERCUT, PELE, and then sends Penta into him!
Cage waistlocks Penta, who is holding onto Fenix, and Cage DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEXES them! HE really is a Machine! Bandido runs in to trophy lift Cage!? Cage slips off, throws Bandido to the corner, runs in and he MONKEY FLIPS Bandido!? Cage scoops Bandido, Komander goes up, and he leaps, only for Cage to stay up! Cage POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBOS! Cage DISCUS- NO, Fenix SUPERKICKS! and mule kicks! And ROUNDHOUSE! Lucha Brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Double mule kick, then Uno! Dos! Tres! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! And then Wheelbarrow ROLLING SPLASH!
Fans fire up but Bullet Club Gold attacks the Lucha Brothers! They stomp away on them and the other luchadors! Then they go back to Starks, but Starks fights Juice off. BCG lift Komander together, but Fenix makes the save. Penta mule kicks White, the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK Switchblade! Juice is in a corner, Fenix sends Bandido in to back elbow! Fenix sends Penta in to GAMANGIRI! Fenix runs and rolls, SOMERSAULT FOREARM! They snapmare Juice, Komander goes up, and Komander tightrope- NO, White BLASTS Komander down and ELIMINATE him! Then he goes after the other luchadors!
Juice throat chops Penta, then helps White. But starks dumps White over! White holds on, Juice dumps Starks over! Starks dangles off the floor while holding onto the bottom rope! Fans fire up and Starks drags himself back in! Kip scoops Cassidy for a SHOULDER BUSTER, then fireman’s carries! Cassidy holds the ropes, he fights free! Penta KICKS White in the leg! Best Friends and Cassidy get Kip up, TRIPLE POWERBOMB!! Then they TOSS Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! And then they HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! But then Big Bill CLOBBERS them all!
Moriarty hits the FANG DRIVER on Cassidy! Moriarty throws him at the ropes but Chuck goes after Moriarty. Cassidy saves himself but Bill goes after Chuck. Bill aims at Cassidy and TOSSES Chuck! Cassidy ducks, Chuck hits the floor, Big Bill ELIMINATES him! So much for helping a friend… Trent jumps on Bill with a SLEEPER, but Bill puts Trent on a corner. White tries to scrape Fenix out, but he has to save Juice from Starks. Bill CHOPS Trent and Trent flops back into the ring! Blade CHOPS Keith Lee, it doesn’t bother him! Keith ROCKS Blade back! Cage and Butcher go after Dustin Rhodes.
Keith CLOBBERS Blade up and out to ELIMINATE him! Swerve is annoyed but Keith just glares back. Cage CLUBS Keith, fires forearms, and they brawl. Swerve is finally ready and he walks tot he ring. Keith ROCKS Cage, Cage JUMP KNEES Keith! Cage spins, into a fireman’s carry! Pop-up, ROLLING ELBOW! But Swerve jumps on to fire hands! Keith throws Swerve off! The two stare down and fans fire up! Cage attacks, but Keith ELBOWS him! Keith blocks Swerve’s kick, Swerve bobs ‘n’ weaves to dodge hands, but then Keith hits him low! Swerve kicks, ROLLING ELBOWS, and fires off fast hands!
Keith shoves Swerve down but Swerve KANGAROO KICKS! Swerve RANAS, but Keith blocks it!! Keith hauls Swerve up, Swerve slips free, but Keith SPLASHES Cage! Swerve ENZIGURIS Keith, somersaults, but into a BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Swerve crawls to the bottom rope, and Cage KNEES Keith down! The Lucha Brothers have Butcher but he powers out, only for them to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! The Lucha Brothers toss Butcher over, he holds on, but DOUBLE SUPERKICKS send him down! The Lucha Brothers ELIMINATE him! Cage stomps Dustin, Fenix CLUBS Cage, Bandido ELBOWS Moriarty!
bill runs at Bandido but misses! Bandido runs in at Bill but Bill dumps him out. Moriarty BOOTS Bandido and ELIMINATE him! But Trent throws Moriarty over! Moriarty drags Trent out with him, they brawl on the edge! Penta and Fenix go after Cage, White works with Swerve against Naturally Limitless. Trent waistlocks but Moriarty fights with elbows. But Trent APRON HALF ‘N’ HALFS Moriarty and he falls, Trent ELIMINATES him! Bill TOSSES Cassidy, but Cassidy holds onto the ropes! Cassidy skins the cat again, but Bill runs in! Trent takes the shot! Bill’s BOOT ELIMINATES Trent!
Bill stomps Cassidy, Swerve and Keith encounter each other again. Keith throws hands on Swerve, has him on the ropes, then brings him around to TOSS him! Swerve holds on, Cage DUMPS Keith and ELIMINATES him!! Fans boo but the refs have to keep Keith from going after Swerve and Cage! Cage drags Swerve into the ring, but Dustin gives Cage a CROSS RHODES!! Swerve is too busy taunting Keith, he misses Dustin dump Cage out! Dustin stomps Cage’s head, but Swerve CLUBS Dustin! Swerve throws hands on Dustin, but Dustin kicks low to RHODES UPPERCUT! The Lucha Brothers are also brawling with Bullet Club Gold!
The CHOPS go back and forth between Lucha Brothers and BCG. BCG whip but the Lucha Bros reverse to send BCG both up and over! BCG gets back in, White blocks a superkick and lets Juice lift Fenix! Juice dumps Fenix out but he hold son! Penta runs in, but he is sent into Fenix! Penta ELIMINATES his brother!! But then Starks clotheslines Juice up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Fans fire up as Starks fires hands on White! But White hits a SWINGING URENAGE! Cage throws Dustin up and over but Dustin holds onto ropes. Penta looks at White and fans fire up. “CERO! MIEDO!” And a pie face!
White gets mad, he swings on Penta but Penta ducks to kick, and KICK! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, springboards, but into BLADERUNNER!! White drags Penta up, but Starks SPEARS White!! Starks TOSSES and ELIMINATES White!! But Juice drags Starks out to throw hands! Fans boo, the refs get Juice back, but White drags Starks up to RAM him into the railing! Swerve throws knees into Cassidy, the refs check Starks, and Cage CHOKES Dustin. Bill sees Starks crawl in and stalks him. Penta goes after Cage with a SLEEPER, and he drags Cage from Dustin. Swerve drags Cassidy up while fans rally for Starks.
Bill shakes his head, he drags Starks up and aims. Bill TOSSES Starks, but Starks stays on the apron! Bill runs back in, but Starks ROCKS him! Starks hurries in, fires hands on Bill, then CHOPS! Bill scoops Starks! Starks slips free, dodges, but Bill BOOGS Starks up and over!! Bill ELIMINATES Starks!! Fans boo, but then Dustin dumps Cage out! They’re both on the apron, APRON DESTROYER for Cage!! Cage falls, Dustin ELIMINATES him! But Swerve’s HOUSE CALL ELIMINATES Dustin!! And now we have a final four: Big Bill, Swerve, Penta, and the champion, Orange Cassidy!
Fans fire up as each man has a corner. Fans rally for “CERO! MIEDO!” and “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” Nothing for Bill or Swerve. That makes them mad, they runs in, but Penta dodges Swerve to SUPERKICK Bill! Swerve runs in again, Penta blocks the kick and feeds it to Cassidy so Penta can SUPERKICK Swerve! And then Penta SUPERKICKS Cassidy! Swerve runs back in but Penta dodges to come back and SLINGBLADE! Penta whips Cassidy, he reverses, but Penta goes up and over and hits a BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up but Bill steps up. Penta CHOPS Bill, KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then “CERO! MIEDO!”
Penta runs, but into a BOOT! Bill clotheslines Penta up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Fans boo but then Swerve fires off on Cassidy! He feeds Cassidy to Bill’s BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!! Swerve and Bill shake hands, bring Cassidy up, but Bill wants to do this himself. Swerve says aight and backs off. Bill drags Cassidy up, pats his head, and scoops him to a trophy lift! But then Swerve shoves Bill up and over! Bill falls, Swerve ELIMINATES him! But then Cassidy dumps Swerve out! Swerve holds on, gets back in, and TOSSES Cassidy! But Cassidy also holds on!! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy skins the cat!
Cassidy slips around Swerve, but runs into a HAYMAKER! Swerve rolls, into a SUPERKICK from Cassidy! Cassidy ROCKS Swerve, Swerve SOBATS Cassidy! Swerve whips, Cassidy reverses, but Swerve cartwheels through the ropes to come back! Cassidy dodges and runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT- NO! Swerve blocks and suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! But then HOUSE CALL!! Both men are down and Vegas is thunderous! Cassidy and Swerve stir, Cassidy goes to a corner. “This is Awesome!” and Cassidy steps up, but Prince Nana trips him up!! Fans boo, but Swerve hits another HOUSE CALL!
Swerve goes up the corner, for the KILL STOMPS!!! Swerve huffs and puffs and drags Cassidy up, but he says he’s gonna end this man’s whole career! Swerve puts Cassidy’s hands into the pockets, brings him up, but Cassidy kicks the ropes! TORNADO DDT!! And then tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Swerve flounders, fans are thunderous, and Cassidy is fired up! ORANGE PUNCH! Swerve goes up and out but holds onto ropes!! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad, he reloads, ORANGE- NO, Swerve drags Cassidy up and over! J M L- NO Cassidy pulls hair! Cassidy RAMS Swerve into the corner! Nana grabs at Cassidy, Cassidy BOOTS Nana!
Swerve KNEES Cassidy, and Cassidy sits down on the apron! Swerve goes up the corner, takes aim again, APRON KILL- NO, Cassidy’s boots hit first! And ORANGE kick to the arm! Swerve falls, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy (still AEW International Champion)
The odds were against him, but Freshly Squeezed made it through! If 20 men could not stop Orange Cassidy, will anyone ever take this title from him?
Unsanctioned Match, Special Enforcer Sabu: Adam Cole w/ Roderick Strong VS Chris Jericho w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society!
The Undisputed One’s return was victorious, but the overly sensitive Wizard would not stand for it. Since then, the JAS has done everything they can to ruin Cole’s time back in AEW, even going so far as to set up a trap for Cole and girlfriend, Britt Baker. Jericho has been hypocritical, disrespectful and conniving, but has it all finally come back to haunt him in the worst way possible? Or will not even having the homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, death-defying ECW legend be enough to help Adam Cole BAYBAY?
Actually, let’s not forget Cole has the Savior of the Backbreaker! Cole, Strong and Sabu all bring chairs to the ring, and the JAS moves to intercept! Menard gets a chair to the gut, Parker gets a chair to the face! Cole rushes in and goes right for Jericho to TACKLE him! The bell rings so this is official, and Garcia goes after Cole! Sabu throws more chairs at Hager and Menard! Jericho & Garcia mug Cole, CHOKE him, but Sabu gets in the ring with a chair! Jericho gets a chair, too! Fans fire up as we take a trip back in time! Meanwhile, Garcia CHOKES Cole! Sabu and Jericho dare each other to make a move!
The JAS get tables and other things while the chairs CLASH! CLASH! And CLASH! Sabu wins out to SMACK Jericho down! Cole stops Menard & Parker from setting up tables, to then put them on it! Sabu goes up to FALLING SPLASH through the table!! Sabu is still all those things they say he is! Fans are thunderous but then Garcia CLOBBERS Sabu! Garcia ROCKS Strong, RAMS him into railing, and Hager RAMS Strong into the apron! And then into more railing! Sabu sends Garcia into railing! Strong does the same to Hager! Cole and Jericho finally get in the ring, this is who’s supposed to be fighting anyway!
Sabu & Strong clear the JAS out so now, Jericho has no choice. “What you got, Chris?!” This is ADAM COLE BAYBAY! And the fists fly!! The fans fire up, Cole knees low and TOSSES Jericho out hard! Cole gets the arm to SLAM it off the steel steps! And then SLAMS the other arm! Cole puts Jericho in, drags him to a corner, and he SLAMS a leg against the post! And then the other leg! And then back again! Jericho writhes on the apron while fans rally up. Cole goes up onto the apron then in the ring. Cole ROCKS Jericho and has him sit down. Cole then goes up a corner, aims, PANAMA- NO, Jericho blocks!
Jericho hits low, then suplexes Cole to the floor! The ref checks Cole but he’s okay to continue. Jericho stands first, soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then Jericho flips everyone off. Jericho drags Cole up, CLUBS him, then brings Cole up. Cole fights the bomb, but Jericho DROPS Cole on the apron! Jericho then drags Cole up and around the way, to RAM into steel steps! Cole tumbles over and fans fire up again. Jericho drags Cole up, SMACKS him off the apron, and has him in the leg. Jericho CHOPS Cole to a corner, CHOPS him again, then stalks him to another corner. Jericho gets in Cole’s face, and SLAPS him!
Fans rally for Cole but Jericho goes back to him. Cole shoves Jericho, throws body shots, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Jericho grabs a chair left behind by Sabu, and he CHOKES Cole with it! The ref can only ask if Cole gives up, but Jericho JAMS Cole low! Jericho wedges a chair into a corner, ROCKS Cole with a forearm, then whips him in. Cole reverses, kicks and then whips Jericho to the open corner. Jericho BOOTS back, runs in, but is sent into the chair!! Jericho falls right over, but he isn’t out of this yet. Jericho stands, Cole fires off forearms on him! Fans fire up as Cole BOOTS Jericho, then runs.
Jericho CLOBBERS Cole! Jericho stomps Cole, fans rally up, and Jericho LION- SUPERKICK!! Cole takes Jericho out of the air! Fans fire up, Cole goes up the corner again, aims, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole fights it but Jericho still puts him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Cole endures, reaches out, crawls over, and he grabs the ropes, but ropebreaks don’t matter in this, this is No Holds Barred! Cole remembers, crawls further on, grabs at the skirt and sees something! Cole grabs the fire extinguisher! But Cole is also fading being stuck in the ropes and the hold! But then Jericho drags Cole in from the ropes!
Cole has the extinguisher, he brings it around, and BLASTS Jericho! Jericho lets go while fans fire up! Cole crawls back to the extinguisher, picks it up, and he CLOBBERS Jericho with it! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives a canister to the head but Cole just glares at him. Cole drags Jericho up, but Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he flops over! Cole talks trash on Jericho, sits him up and runs, but Jericho hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Jericho seethes. Jericho grabs the extinguisher, he BLASTS Cole now! And a long one, too! Jericho then just sprays it all around!
Jericho drops the canister onto Cole’s stomach! Fans fire up as Jericho goes outside, drags a kendo stick out from under the ring, and has a big grin on his face. Jericho gets in the ring, holds up the stick, and Cole sits up. Jericho pints the stick at him, but here comes BRITT! She has a kendo stick, too! And fans fire up for the “DMD!” as she fires off on Y2J! She SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS him! “How’s it feel, Chris!?” Britt SMACKS her more and more and the fans are loving it! But Saraya runs in, only to get a SMACK! Britt chases Saraya off and SMACKS her as she goes! As for Cole, he gets the kendo stick now!
Jericho is stinging as he leans against the ropes, but Cole storms up behind him. Cole CHOKES Jericho with the stick! “I’ll end you, Chris! I’ll end you!!” Jericho sputters, stands, but into a BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but by only so much! Cole gets the stick back to CHOKE Jericho again! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Cole goes out to the apron. Jericho grabs the chair, but Cole climbs a corner. Jericho CHUCKS the chair at Cole! Direct hit to the head, and then Cole falls through the table!! Vegas loses its mind after getting what they wanted! The ref checks Cole, but he’s somehow okay to continue.
Jericho drags Cole from the wreckage, and says “You see what happens when you mess with Chris Jericho?” Jericho drags Cole up to dribble his head off the apron! Jericho shoves Cole into the ring, then brings out a chain! And it has cuffs on it! Fans chant “YOU SUCK EFF!” but Jericho just grins. Jericho goes into the ring with the shackles, and he cuffs one end to Cole’s wrist. Jericho has the other end, swings the cuff around like a morning star, but Cole body shots Jericho! DDT onto the chair! Cover, TWO!! Cole sees the other cuff, and he puts it on Jericho! This has turned into a handcuff match!
Jericho freaks out, tries to run but Cole YANKS him down! And then SUPERKICKS! Cole goes up a corner, reels Jericho in, and PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives and Cole is a bit surprised. Cole drags Jericho up, runs, but Jericho ducks the Boom to roll Cole up, TWO!! Jericho LASHES Cole with chain! And LASHES him again! And again! Cole writhes but sits up, and Jericho JUDAD- NO, Cole ducks! But Jericho CHOKES Cole with chain! Jericho brings Cole up, and then has Cole hanging off his shoulder! But Cole kicks off the corner! Cole kicks the arm, then SUPERKICKS Jericho down!
Fans fire up again as Cole reloads, runs, BOOM!! But that’s not enough for Cole, and not enough for the fans! Fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” and Cole wraps the chain around his knee! Cole runs again, FULL METAL BOOM!! Cole unwraps his leg, and then rains down fists! Fans count, Cole goes to TEN! Then he uses the CHAIN to punch Jericho! And then more bare fists! Jericho’s OUT, the ref calls it!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by referee stoppage
The Undisputed One gets his vengeance, having battered and bruised Jericho from head to toe! Will this help Cole move on and head for what he really wants in championship gold?
AEW World Tag Team Championships, Special Referee Mark Briscoe: FTR VS Team Triple J w/ Karen Jarrett, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!
After the loss of his blood brother, the Sussex County Chicken has been leaning on his friends. But who really are his friends? Is it Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, who he has gone to war with? Or is it Jay Lethal, who Mark has known for a long time? What happens when his friends put him in the middle of their own heated rivalry?
Mark takes his referee duty seriously by checking everyone’s gear. He then takes the belts and raises them, and we see how personal this match gets!
The teams sort out, Lethal starts against Dax, and Mark has the bell ring. Fans rally for “FTR! FTR!” which upsets the Jarretts. Lethal and Dax tie up, go around, Dax headlocks for a takeover but Lethal headscissors. Dax kips free and the two stand off. They go again, Dax waistlocks but Lethal wrenches to a wristlock. Lethal YANKS the arm, wristlocks and then armlocks, but Dax fights up. Dax whips Lethal but Lethal runs him over! Things keep moving, Dax scoops but Lethal slips out to O’Conner Roll! Mark checks, TWO! Lethal is upset at the delay, but Dax scoops. Lethal turns it into a cradle, TWO!
Lethal arm-drags, Dax headscissors, Lethal kips free, but Dax hits a headlock takeover! Lethal’s shoulders are down, Mark calls it, ONE! Lethal fights up, powers Dax to a corner and Mark calls the ropebreak. Lethal throws a cheap shot and Mark scolds him, but Lethal CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS again, but Dax CHOPS in return! Lethal sputters, Dax CHOPS him again! Lethal CHOPS, Dax CHOPS, and fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Dax headlocks, Lethal powers out and ELBOWS him out! Lethal CLUBS Cash into the ring! Jarrett joins in, Triple J mugs Cash! They double whip, Lethal runs in but Cash goes up and over!
Cash dodges Jarrett, Dax DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! And FTR DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Then then DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP and Triple J collide! FTR have each man in a corner, whip, but they dosido and FTR takes a swing, into DOUBLE BACK SUPLEXES! But FTR land on their feet and they both trip Triple J! Then double step through, double SHARP- NO, Triple J scramble to DUOBLE ROPEBREAKS! Mark counts, Dax lets go at 4 and Triple J regroups outside. Fans rally up for “FTR! FTR!” Mark wants someone to get in the ring and he starts the count. Lethal gets back in at 3, and he stares down with Dax.
Dax and Lethal circle, tie up, and Dax tags Cash. Cash gets the arm to wrench, ELBOW BREAKER, and repeat. But Lethal knees low, CLUBS Cash down, then ROCKS him with hands! Lethal tells Dax up his, but Mark keeps Dax back. Lethal claps hands and says “Tag!” but everyone knows that doesn’t count! Mark ends up knocking Jarrett over as he gets in! Jarrett gets mad but Mark says he is the authority so you respect him! Lethal argues with Mark, but Cash CHOPS Lethal! Karen shouts at fans, Cash CHOPS Lethal to the corner. Dax tags in, FTR whip and DUOBLE BACK DROP! Then they CLOBBER Jarrett!
Mark says one in and one out. Dax DUMPS Lethal onto Jarrett! Karen complains, but Dax tags Cash. FTR run in to slide out, and they ROCK Triple J, and then RAM them into each other! Cash puts Lethal in, Lethal whips Cash away and things speed up. Karen distracts so Jarrett can dump Cash out! And Jarrett gets a chair! Mark sees that and says hell no! Jarrett drops the chair, drags Cash up and RAMS him into railing! Fans rally for FTR but Mark scolds Jarrett. Jarrett still RAMS Cash into the railing again. Mark goes out to check Cash, and he tells everyone to get in the ring. Sonjay mocks FTR while Lethal drags Cash in.
Lethal snap suplexes Cash but the fans rally for FTR. Lethal pretends he can’t hear them so they boo. Lethal drags Cash up, tags Jarrett, and Triple J double whip. Cash reverse to send Lethal, but Jarrett hits the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Triple J swagger about, Jarrett drags Cash up and puts him on ropes to CHOKE! Mark counts, Jarrett lets off, but KAREN CHOKES Cash!! The fans boo but Jarrett STRADDLE ATTACKS Cash! Tag to Lethal, he stomps away on Cash, and stomps him into a corner! Mark scolds, but Lethal still drags Cash up. Lethal UPPERCUTS Cash down! Karen mocks the fans while Lethal CHOKES Cash more!
Mark counts, Lethal lets off, and he tags Jarrett in. Triple J stomp away on Cash, fans rally up for Cash but Karen cheers her hubby on. Jarrett just stomps Cash from head to toe! Then he struts! And flips Dax off! Mark keeps Dax back, Jarrett soaks up all the heat but Cash hits low! Lethal tags in, Triple J whip Cash to ropes, kick low, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lethal clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and he leans on the hold. Triple J soak up the heat but Cash fights up, to a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Cash and Lethal crawl, but Lethal sucker punches Dax!
Cash rolls Lethal up! TWO!! Cash has no one to tag, though! Lethal gets the leg to DRAGON SCREW! Lethal drags Cash over, tags in Jarrett, and Jarrett KICKS the leg out! And again! Jarrett drags Cash back, fans fire up, and Jarrett steps through to have the FIGURE FOUR! Cash endures and fans boo but Mark checks with Cash. Cash shakes his head, he isn’t giving up! Cash rests back but has to keep his shoulders up. Mark sees them down, ONE as Cash sits up. Cash falls back again, the shoulders are down, ONE! Cash throws hands on Jarrett! Jarrett thrashes the hold! Cash is down again, TWO!
Cash endures, sits up again and fans rally up. Dax TRIPS Lethal off the apron! Dax goes up top, to DIVING HEADBUTT Jarrett! Karen protests but Mark says now it’s a standing count! The count rises to 3 of 10, Cash crawls but clutches his knee. Fans rally as we pass 5, and then go to 8. Hot tag to Lethal, and he CLOBBERS Cash! Lethal whips, Cash hurdles hot tag to Dax! Dax JABS, JABS, JABS and DECKS Lethal! And DECKS again! Dax CHOPS, JABS and repeat in the corner! Fans fire up, Dax whips corner to corner to clothesline! And then another whip, but Lethal reverses. Dax reverses back to short arm LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Mark gets Jarrett outta the way. Dax suplexes, Lethal slips free, but Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds, he brings Lethal up, GERMAN SUPLEX! And he still holds on! But Lethal blocks! Lethal switches, Dax switches, repeat! They go around, Dax BRAINBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Dax is frustrated but fans rally again. Dax drags Lethal up, whips him to ropes but Lethal reverses. Lethal gets under to LETHAL COMBINATION! Fans rally while Dax is down from the backbreaker to neckbreaker. Karen coaches Lethal on while comforting Jarrett.
Lethal goes to the corner, he climbs up, but Dax ROCKS him first! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Jarrett stands, Dax DECKS him! Then CHOPS Lethal! Dax coordiantes with Cash, they both climb up. But Jarrett goes after Cash! Cash throws hands, backs Jarrett down, but Jarrett ROCKS Cash! Sonjay anchors Cash! Mark reprimands but Jarrett POSTS Cash! Dax DECKS Jarrett, but Lethal CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! CHOP! CHOP! CHOP!! Dax finally falls after about five more chops! Lethal adjusts, aims, HAIL TO THE- NO, Dax trips him up! Dax climbs back up, brings Lethal up, for the SUPERPLEX!!
Dax rolls through, brings Lethal up, and Cash is up top, DOOMSDAY POWERBOMB!! Cash DIVES onto Jarrett!! Dax covers, but Sonjay drags him out!! The fans boo and Mark is upset, but Dax chases Sonjay! Sonjay gets in the ring, but Mark stops Dax? To then tell Sonjay he is EJECTED!!! Fans fire up and Dax loves it! Sonjay is furious, he brings Satnam with him and fans sing “HEY HEY HEY! GOOD BYE~!” Dax pats Mark on the back, but wait! Jarrett has a guitar! Dax moves, SMASH HIT on Mark!!! The ref is down!! Fans say Jarrett effed up but now Lethal runs in! LETHAL- NO! Dax blocks! SHATTER MACHINE!!!
Cover, but Mark is out! FTR should’ve won by now, but Mark is just out cold! Aubrey Edwards rushes out, but Sonjay stands in her way!! Aubrey tells her to get outta here, and then SHOVES him! But then Karen SMASH HITS Aubrey!!! Fans boo her more than they’ve ever booed her before! But FTR is in shock all the same! Lethal DOUBLE LETHAL INJECTIONS!!! But we still don’t have a ref!! Fans chant “F U KAREN!” but Karen flips off the fans and grabs the belts! She tells them to kiss this, and Jarrett gets in the ring. Jarrett gives Lethal a belt, he drags Dax up, and Lethal takes aim. But Dax BOOTS Lethal!
Dax ELBOWS Jarrett, and PILEDRIVERS Lethal! But Jarrett BELT SHOTS Dax! And hits THE STROKE!! Sonjay wakes Mark up in time for the cover, TWO?!?!?!? Mark was still woozy, that is what saved FTR! “This is Awesome!” “FTR!” “This is Awesome!” “FTR!” Jarrett is furious and tells Mark he screwed this up! He pie faces Mark!? Fans boo as Jarrett shoves Mark into the corner. Mark stands, Jarrett SLAPS him! Mark SLAPS back! SHATTER MACHINE!!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Mark did the right thing and called this down the middle! Triple J did the wrong thing by thinking they could just use him! FTR hug their friend, and they all celebrate! Are Mark and FTR finally done with Team Triple J?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Alex Marvez says Starks took care of business with the Bullet Club Gold in the Blackjack Battle Royal, but unfortunately did not win the International Championship. Starks says he did what he said he would by eliminating both Jay ‘n’ Juice, and- Oh no! BCG attacks Starks! Actually this is par for the course, but still! They beat him down for costing them the title, but then FTR rushes in! BCG run off, FTR help Starks to the medical area. Will Starks find some unlikely allies against the Switchblade & Rock Hard?
AEW Media catches up with Jericho and Saraya.
Both of them are furious after the Unsanctioned Match didn’t go Jericho’s way. “Did you see how I just lost the Unsanctioned Match to Adam Cole via referee stoppage? Adam Cole is insane! Adam Cole is a barbarian! Adam Cole is a bastard!” Saraya agrees, and Cole’s just like Britt! That B*TCH! Hitting them with kendo sticks!? What kind of a woman hits a man with a kendo stick?! They ask- NO, they DEMAND a mixed tag match on Dynamite! This has to stop! Jericho & Saraya VS Cole & Britt! This needs to stop! This is what happens when you mess with Jericho! Security tells Jericho to calm down but Saraya you don’t talk to him like that!
The security guard says he’s just doing his job. Saraya says fine. She backs off, and Jericho hits this guy with a FIREBALL!! No one tells Jericho to calm down, he’s a WIZARD!! But will Jericho & Saraya be able to burn the Undisputed Couple?
AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Wardlow VS Christian Cage w/ Luchasaurus!
The Maestro of Mayhem made it through the Monstar, but now he faces a monster. No, not the Right Hand of Destruction, but Captain Charisma, who is really more like the Chief of Cheap Shots. Christian insulted Wardlow’s deceased father and what supposed little impact he had on anyone’s life, and that is a step too far. Will Wardlow have a major impact on Christian’s life tonight? Or will Captain Charisma remind us that he is the Lord of Ladders?
Surprisingly, Christian has Luchasaurus leave ringside! Is Christian really going to do this 1v1? Does he really think he can survive doing this 1v1? The introductions are made, the belt is already high above, and we see who climbs over the other to bring it down!
The bell rings, fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” but Christian talks trash that he’s going to be champion. The two feel things out as they circle, and then Christian kicks low! And UPPERCUTS! Wardlow blocks the whip, kicks low, and CLUBS Christian down! Wardlow drags Christina back up, trophy lifts, but Christian slips off. Christian shoves Wardlow but Wardlow blows through the clothesline to then run Christian over! Wardlow winds up, Christiand ucks the lariat, and he chicken wings! But Wardlow powers out of the Killswitch to RAM into Christian at the corner! And again! Wardlow sits Christian down and fans fire up.
Wardlow goes out to DECK Christian from the outside. Wardlow goes for a ladder but Christian CLOBBERS Wardlow! Christian throws hands, Wardlow hits back. Wardlow puts Christian in the ring, gets a ladder, and fans fire up. But Christin DROPKICKS the ladder into Wardlow! And then PLANCHAS, but into the ladder! Wardlow paces and scowls while Christian crawls. Wardlow looks under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Vegas likes where this is going, because he gets another table! Wardlow sets those up at ringside, side by side, and then CLUBS Christian. Wardlow SMACKS Christian off the steel steps, and then again!
Wardlow brings Christian around and puts him on the tables. Wardlow throws down hands to keep Christian down, and then Wardlow goes into the ring. Wardlow climbs up, fans fire up, but Christian scrambles away! Fans boo but Wardlow hops down. Wardlow stalks Christian around the way, but Christian sucker punches Wardlow! And RAMS him into railing! Christian stalks Wardlow, gets a ladder, and he RAMS Wardlow down! Christian puts the ladder in the ring, then grabs a really big ladder and RAMS Wardlow with that! Christian makes that ladder a bridge between ring and railing, then goes under.
Wardlow knees low! And CLUBS Christian, and then puts him on the ladder. Wardlow CLUBS Christian more, then box jumps to the apron! Fans fire up, Wardlow brings Christian up, but Christian slips free to UPPERCUT! Christian trips Wardlow up! Wardlow gets crotched on rungs! Fans boo but Christian gets in the ring. Christian sets a ladder up but Wardlow crawls his way back in. Christian sees Wardlow, stomps him down, then stomps him right in the gut! Fans boo as Christian digs his boot in. Christian then sets the main ladder into a corner. Fans taunt Christian’s turtleneck, but he whips Wardlow. Wardlow reverses and Christian hits the ladder!
Wardlow reels Christian in but he slips under, to then RAM Wardlow into the ladder! Wardlow staggers about, Christian puts the ladder in the ropes, and then he puts Wardlow under the ladder. Christian has the legs, CATAPULT LADDER GUILLOTINE!! Fans boo while Wardlow clutches his head and neck, but Christian soaks up the heat. Christian brings the ladder around to be under the belt, and Christian climbs. Christian reaches up, gets fingertips on the belt, but Wardlow tips the ladder! HOTSHOT, and LARIAT! Wardlow catches his breath, brings the ladder up, then stomps Christian.
Wardlow climbs, but slowly, only for Christian to anchor his foot! Wardlow climbs back down to drag Christian up. Christian grabs the ladder to escape the bomb! Fans freak out, but Wardlow quickly yanks Christian back down! POWERSLAM! Fans fire up again and Wardlow decides to put the ladder down. Wardlow drags Christian up, trophy lifts him, and he walks around in a circle, SUPER AIRPLANE SPIN, to then DROP Christian on the ladder!! Christian sputters and falls out of the ring while fans cheer on “WARD~LOW!” Wardlow stands the ladder up, shakes out the junk, and climbs up.
But wait, Luchasaurus returns! The Right Hand shoves Christian into the ring and Christian goes after Wardlow! Christian drags Wardlow down, REVERSE DDT off the ladder! Wardlow writhes but Christian puts the ladder in a corner. Fans start to rally for Christian and we have a fan duel. Christian lines up his shot as Wardlow stands, and Christian runs in! But into a LOW BLOW! And then an Alabama Lift, ALABAMA SLAM on the ladder!! Wardlow then drags the ladder out, with Christian on it! Wardlow goes up the corner, fans fire up as Wardlow SWANTON BOMBS only onto ladder!!! Even Jeff Hardy would’ve reconsidered that!
Wardlow flops out to the apron and Christian picks the ladder up to RAM Wardlow down! Christian then sets ladder up under the belt and climbs. But ARN is here! Fans fire up as Arn coaches Wardlow up. Wardlow hurries up the corner, to LEAP into this ladder! The ladder breaks and they both fall down!! Fans lose their minds as Wardlow grabs his own leg. Was that Arn’s idea or what? Wardlow hobbles up, stands the busted ladder up, but no, this isn’t gonna work. Right? Wardlow still wants to try! A ref stabilizes it but that messes it up! Wardlow gets a new ladder, but Luchasaurus gets in! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!
Luchasaurus drags Wardlow up again, another CHOKE SLAM!! But Arn gets in!? Fans fire up as Luchasaurus turns around, and choke grips Arn!! But Arn BITES the hand!! Luchasaurus and Arn scrap, Luchasaurus’ finger is bleeding!? Arn has just pissed Luchasaurus off! Luchasaurus goes out to choke Arn! And he brings him to the table! But Wardlow SMACKS Luchasurus with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Luchasaurus is on the tables now! Fans are fired up as Wardlow positions perhaps the tallest ladder in the building! Arn helps stabilize and Wardlow climbs! SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!!
Now THAT is something Jeff Hardy would’ve done! Fans are electric and losing their minds while both big men are down in the wreckage! But Christian peeks his head out from under the ring! Christian sees an opening and hurries to get in! Christian grabs a ladder, Wardlow sits up, and fans rally up! Christian stands the ladder up, climbs up, but ARN gets in the ring! Christian has a finger on the belt! But Arn tips the ladder, Christian jumps off, but into Wardlow’s arms! POWERBOMB!! Arn resets the ladder, Wardlow climbs it, and Wardlow grabs the belt! Wardlow brings it down and WINS!
Winner: Wardlow (still AEW TNT Champion)
That was a war, and the Face of the Revolution stands tall! Will the Maestro of Mayhem continue to conduct chaos and dominate AEW?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Jamie Hayter VS Toni Storm!
A tale as old as time in pro-wrestling: two best friends are torn apart by success, ambition, jealousy and pride. The two were at odds even before Hayter defeated Storm to become champion, and things have only escalated from there. Will Hayter have to hit Storm even harder to end this? Or will being an Outcast be exactly what Storm needs to strike Hayter down?
But speaking of, where is Hayter? The music plays but she doesn’t appear. Storm acts all surprised, even though we know what The Outcasts did to her just last Friday. Wait, Soho & Saraya throw Hayter out on stage! They go after the bad arm and mug her! Soho has the belt, Saraya says “This is OUR house!” and then Storm goes out to meet her new friends. The Outcasts continue to mug Hayter, and Storm RAMS Hayter into railing! And then they pull her bad arm into the post! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Storm lets off. Saraya says everyone in Vegas are losers, and Storm RAMS Hayter into the steel steps!
The ref tells them all to stop but the Outcasts put the arm against steps, to DROPKICK! And DROPKICK again! Fans boo, The Outcasts put Hayter in, and the ref tells them to stop. Hayter says ring the bell so the bell rings! Storm BOOTS Hayter, covers, TWO!! Storm stomps Hayter’s bad shoulder, fans rally up, and Storm drags Hayter up. Storm grinds the arm, Saraya pulls off a buckle pad, and Storm stomps the arm. Fans rally for Hayter but Storm stomps her. The pad is off, but here comes Britt! Didn’t Saraya think this would happen again?! Britt fires off on Saraya but Storm CHOKES Hayter!
The ref reprimands Storm, she lets off, but then the ref argues with Soho about the buckle pad. Storm whips, Hayter reverses, and Storm goes into the ref and Soho! Hayter gives Storm the HAYTEBREAKER!! Cover, the ref is here, TWO!! Storm survives and she distracts the ref, Soho undoes another pad! Hayter storms over, but gets SPRAY PAINT to the face!! SWEET HIP MUSIC!! Cover, TWO!!! Storm & Soho can’t believe Hayter survives! The ref argues with Soho, here comes SHIDA! Kendo stick SMACK for Soho! And then steel steps! Soho avoids the kendo stick, they brawl with forearms now!
Fans fire up for Shida but Storm is furious! Hayter RAMS Storm into bare buckles! HAYTERADE!! But it’s with the bad arm!! Hayter still manages to cover, TWO!!! Storm survives again but Hayter is just getting angrier! Hayter powers up, rips off the shoulder tape, and roars! Fans fire up as she kisses the bicep and drags Storm up again. HAYTER- NO, Storm gets around and shoves Hayter into buckles! STORM ZERO!! Cover, STORM WINS!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (NEW AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Lightning strikes twice, she is a TWO-TIME AEW Women’s World Champion! Though, it took everyone in the Outcast army to do it. Will AEW really be their house?
AEW World Trios Championships Open House Rules Open Challenge: The House of Black VS ???
Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews have radically and ruthlessly redefined what these titles are all about, from both the look to how you fight for them. The call was sent out to the world for any and all who would challenge them, so who has answered? It’s THE ACCLAIMED!! Billy Gunn, Anthony Bowens & Max Caster have been rolling as a trio, so they wanna take over everything! And of course, Platinum Max has a diss track!
“Platinum on the mic, are you not entertained? In Vegas, everybody loves The Acclaimed! We leaving Brody King in a sad place, lookin’ like a reject from RuPaul’s Drag Race! Yo, that might’ve been in bad taste, but how does Malakai get away with doing blackface? And Buddy acts all ominous, when he’s get cucked by a kid named Dominik! Yo, listen!” There’s a second verse!? “Yo, we have you on your backs in five minutes. How’s it the House of Black with no Black guys in it? And you can keep the advantage, we don’t need a special rule to kick your emo asses!” Bowens says, “LAAAAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Caster’s mouth just wrote a check Daddy Ass can’t cash!
Fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” as the trios sort out. Bowens and Malakai start, and Bowens says he ain’t scared of the House. The two circle, tie up, and go around. Bowens and Malakai break, then reset. They go again, Malakai waistlocks but Bowens wrenches. Malakai wrenches, Bowens wrenches, repeat, and Malakai clamps onto the arm. Bowens wrenches back, but Malakai waistlocks. Bowens elbows free, but Malakai doesn’t even flinch! Malakai even smirks! Bowens and Malakai circle again, tie up, and Bowens headlocks. Malakai headlocks back, Bowens throws Malakai away but Malakai runs him over!
Malakai brings Bowens up, whips but Bowens reverses, only for Malakai roll off his back! Fans cheer as Malakai sits cross-legged. Bowens sits with Malakai! Fans fire up and Bowens shows off the scissor fingers~! Malakai is not amused as Bowens eggs him on. They both stand, Malakai KICKS Bowens, tags Buddy, and Buddy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Buddy wrenches Bowens but fans chant “DOMINIK!” The only place that will… Buddy wrangles Bowens to an armlock but Bowens endures. Bowens fights up, whips, rolls Buddy up, TWO! Buddy wrenches, Bowens ROCKS him!
Fans chant “WE WANT MAMI!” as Buddy swings., Bowens dodges, kicks and runs to KOTARU KRUSHER! “EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!” Tag to Caster, the Acclaimed double whip, trip and then Bowens runs up, Buddy shoves him back, kicks at Caster, but Bowens DROPKICKS him out! Caster APRON BACK SUPLEXES! Caster puts Buddy in, hurries after and covers, TWO! Fans fire up and Caster drags Buddy up. Buddy knees low! Tag to Malakai and he runs, but Caster keeps up with him. Caster hurdles, drops, then DROPKICKS! But Malakai BOOTS back! Malakai bumps Caster off buckles and tags Brody.
The Kings of the Black Throne mug Caster, whip him corner to corner, but Caster dodges Malakai to send him at Brody! Malakai rolls over Brody’s back, Caster BOOTS Brody, then dodges Brody. Malakai BOOTS Caster into Brody’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Caster survives, but Brody drags him up to CHOP! Caster falls to ropes, Brody tags Malakai back in. They double whip Caster to ropes, but Caster holds ropes. Caster BOOTS Malakai, dodges Brody and DROPKICS him out! Caster CHOPS Malakai, bumps him off buckles, and then tags Bowens. The Acclaimed hold Malakai into SMASH in the corner!
Caster ELBOWS, Bowens ELBOWS, then feed to the scoop SLAM! Bowens goes up, fans fire up, SCISSOR ME- NO, Malakai boots Caster away and catches Bowens into a KNEEBAR! Brody goes after Billy and Buddy throws Caster out! Buddy FLYING CLOTHELINES Caster, Brody RAMS Billy into steel steps! Bowens endures the kneebar and the heel hook added on! Brody hoots and barks and fans join him. Brody runs in to CROSSBODY Billy into railing! Bowens reaches, grabs the ropes, but House Rules says NO Ropebreaks! Bowens drags himself up with the ropes, Malakai stays on him, and Bowens stands to kick Malakai!
Malakai lets go but Bowens hobbles and falls over. Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” but Bowens throws forearms. Malakai hits back, Bowens blocks a kick to spin and fireman’s carry, but Malakai fights! Bowens still hits the USHIGOROSHI, but it was on the bad leg! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Bowens crawls to an empty corner. Malakai stands to trip Bowens and KNEE him int he face! Then a dropdown, takedown, KNEEBAR!! Bowens endures, Malakai drags him over, tag to Buddy! Buddy goes up, METEORA!! Then Buddy BLASTS Caster, hits Billy, but Billy is pissed! But the ref has him stay back!
Buddy smirks and he goes back to Bowens. Buddy drops a knee on the bad leg, tags Malakai, and Buddy pulls on the leg. Malakai kicks Bowens around, fans rally up, and Malakai stalks Bowens to a corner. Malakai stomps Bowens, drags him around by the leg, and has an INVERTED CALF KILLER! Bowens endures, reaches, gets the ropes but still no break. Bowens drags himself up with the ropes and he throws hands! Malakai wobbles, Bowens fires a strike fest! Malakai runs in, Bowens dodges to SUPERKICK! Bowens falls and Malakai is out on his feet! Bowens crawls, Malakai staggers, but Malakai STOMPS Bowens!
Tag to Buddy, he goes after the leg on the ropes, HIP DROP! Another HIP DROP! And then a KNEE DROP! Buddy kicks Bowens around, stays between him and Caster, and puts him in the corner. Fans chant “Who’s Your Mommy?” at Buddy as he KNEE – NO, Bowens puts him on the apron! But Buddy pulls Bowens’ ear! Bowens dropkicks Buddy’s leg out! Bowens crawls, reaches for Caster, but Buddy drags him back! Brody tags in to SENTON! Brody drags Bowens up to CHOP him back down! Brody stomps Bowens to the corner, CHOPS him again, and then he brings Bowens up. Bowens throws body shots!
Bowens JAWBREAKERS, ROLLING ELBOWS, and then runs in, but Brody catches Bowens! Brody RAMS Bowens into a corner, then CHOPS him down! Fans hoot with Brody, but the ref keeps Caster and Billy from getting in. Brody BLASTS them for the hell of it! And then CANNONBALL! Cover on Bowens, but Caster breaks it! Malakai TOSSES Caster out! Then RAMS him into steel steps! Billy is furious but Buddy tags in. Buddy hoists Bowens up, DANTE’S- NO, Bowens slips free to shove Brody into Buddy! Brody runs in but Bowens dumps him out! Buddy drags Bowens away, goes to the ropes, but Bowens BOOTS Buddy up and out!
Bowens crawls, Malakai returns and he drags Bowens! Bowens BOOTS Malakai away! Bowens hurries, fans fire up, but Brody drags Billy down! Billy whips Brody into railing for that! Buddy gets Bowens but Bowens ENZIGURIS! Buddy BOOTS back, goes up, leaps into a SUPERKICK!! Both men are down and Billy is back! Bowens crawls, hot tag to Billy! Daddy Ass DECKS Malakai, DECKS him again, then DECKS Buddy! SPLASH in a corner for Buddy! SPLASH in a corner for Malakai! Billy scoops Buddy for a BACKBREAKER! Malakai runs in, into a COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Brody is back to CHOP! Billy says F YOU! FAMOUSER!!
Billy throws Buddy out but Buddy ROCKS, GAMANGIRIS, but then gets a GUILLOTINE FAMOUSER!! Billy says “SUCK IT!” but turns around into BLACK MASS!!! Cover, The House wins!
Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
That heel kick was #TheEnd, and as Julia Hart says, The House always wins. Sin City belongs to them, will anyone ever be able to beat the stacked deck?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Taya Valkyrie!
The last time these two faced off, Mark Sterling made it illegal for La Wera Loca to use the Chicken Wing Facebuster because it “belongs” to #ThatBitch. However, this rematch has set Taya free to do whatever move she wants! Will she be the one in 59-1? Or will nothing stop the storm that’s coming?
Jade gets Big Boss Vette to do a live performance of Pretty Girls Walk, and then the introductions are made. The belt is raised, as are the stakes, and we see who walks away with the jackpot!
The bell rings, Taya rushes in, throws forearms, and goes for chicken wings! Jade switches, Taya elbows free, and Jade gets mad now. They go forehead to forehead, and they fire off more forearms! Fans fire up as Taya gets the edge, but then Jade ducks. Taya SLAPS Jade down! Jade scrambles to ropes, Taya runs in, Jade dodges, Taya redirects and CLOBBERS Jade! Fans duel, Taya UPPERCUTS at the corner then snapmares, to run and SLIDING LARIAT! Jade bails out fast and Sterling is there to coach her up. But Taya climbs the corner! Taya CROSSBODIES and wipes out Sterling!! Fans fire up with Taya, but Jade BOOTS her down!
Jade fires up and fans fire up with her now! Jade puts Taya in, “Let’s go!” Jade stomps Taya, drags her up, whips her to a corner, but Taya reverses. Taya runs in but into an elbow! Jade boots but Taya blocks to put her in ropes! KNEE and SLINDING GERMAN!! Fans fire up but Leila talks trash. Taya tells her to stop, but then Leila grabs at Taya! Taya KICKS Leila away, but Leila tries again! Jade BOOTS Taya down! Fans boo but Leila says whatever. Jade drags Taya up, and snap suplexes her to the floor! Jade flexes, she brings Taya up and into the ring, then drags Taya up. Jade whips her to a corner, runs in, and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Jade grows annoyed but she drags Taya up. Jade TOSSES Taya out, then swaggers around. Taya gets up, Jade goes out to CLUB her down. Taya and Jade scrap, and Jade fireman’s carries, to SNAKE EYES Taya off the railing! Jade CHOKES Taya but the ref reprimands. Jade puts Taya in, kicks her around, then has a motorcycle stretch. Taya endures, fans rally and duel, but Jade digs her boot into Taya’s shoulder blade! Taya fights up, fans rally, and Taya arm-drags free! Jade returns but Taya LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taya keeps on Jade with a whip, but Jade reverses to ROCK Taya! Jade reels Taya in, short arm LARIAT!
Jade says she is the number one champ! And she short arm LARIATS again! Jade drags Taya up, fans chant “JADE~BERG!” as she clotheslines again! Fans are torn but Taya throws body shots! Taya fires off forearms, runs, but Jade gets her for a SLEEPER! But Taya powers up, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and fans are fired up! Taya pounds the mat, fans rally up, and Jade goes to the apron. Taya runs in, Jade ROCKS her! Jade springboards?! But into a CODE BREAKER!! Both women are down and fans fire up! Taya slaps herself to fire back up, and she goes to Jade.
Taya throws a forearm, Jade throws it back! They go back and forth, fans rally, and Jade whips. Taya reverses to drop toehold! QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH!! Jade endures, Taya drags her back! Taya relocks the legs, QUEEN ANGELITO STOMP!! Cover, TWO!!! Jade survives and Leila says that’s right! Leila is on the apron, the ref tells her to get down. Taya storms up, Leila swings but Taya BOOTS her down! But Jade rolls Taya! TWO!! Taya stands, Jade runs in, but into a SPEAR!! Taya drags Jade back up, chicken wings, ROAD TO VALHALL!!!! Cover, TWO!??!? How?! Fans cannot believe it, and neither can Sterling!
Taya drags Jade up, fireman’s carries, but Jade slips off! Jade kicks, Taya wobbles, and Jade chicken wings! JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
SIXTY! AND! ZERO! Sterling gets the mic to say that Jade is undefeated! She has DOMINATED everyone put in front of her, and she is even prepared to wrestle for this title any time! Any place! “But the problem is, there is nobody left!” Jade flexes, but wait. Who is that? Is that… KRIS STATLANDER!? The Galaxy’s Greatest is back again! Sterling is freaking out, he didn’t think this was gonna happen! But Jade says she’s a woman of her word, it’s go time!!
AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Kris Statlander!
The bell rings, Kris dodges the boot and fires off forearms! Jade shoves Kris but Kris ROUNDHOUSES!! Vegas is thunderous as Kris forearm smashes in the corner! Then BOOT WASHES! Kris drags Jade out, suplexes, holds it, but Jade knees free! Jade CLUBS Kris and BOOTS her down! Jade chicken wings, but Kris fights it! Kris elbows free, scoops Jade, tucks her, BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Kris wins!!!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (NEW AEW TBS Champion)
You double down, you lose twice as big! 60-1 is where Jade’s streak ends, all because Kris had #SundayNightFever! Confetti flies as we finally have a second-ever TBS Champion!! Sterling is furious but it is all HIS fault! Will Kris finally reach a new stratosphere now that she has gold?
AEW World Championship Fatal 4 Way: MJF VS Sammy Guevara VS “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Darby Allin!
The Four Young Pillars of AEW collide in a battle the Devil of AEW tried to avoid with everything he had! He tried to buy the Spanish God, he tried to turn Tarzan Life, and he tried to get inside The Relentless One’s head, but it all backfired! Will Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s reign of terror come to an end? Or is there one last trick up his sleeve?
Fans sing along with Jungle Boy’s song, and JB even gets a little pyro. For Sammy Guevara, he ditches the DBZ tron to a degree, and he brings out his Brazilian Goddess, Tay Melo. They have cue cards? “It’s time for the big match. But first… We have big news to share.” Fans like the sound of that! “We are having a baby!” Fans LOVE the sound of that! Win or lose here, Sammy’s already living the dream, but can he add even more dreams-come-true to it?
For Darby’s entrance, he has a video. A Las Vegas wedding, with an Elvis impersonator presiding, and “MJF” waiting for his bride. But instead, in walks Darby! He JAMS MJF with the board, has Elvis hold the board, then he rains down fists on MJF while Elvis swaggers on the board. Darby gets the duct tape and he wants “The King” to help him “dispose” of MJF. Alright, alright, it’s just business. Elvis will do it. Thank you. Thank you very much. They hogtie MJF, drag him away, and put him in a car. “Alright, King, it’s show time!” The car has “Just Married” in tape on the side, and it cruises into Vegas! Darby comes in wearing an Elvis jumpsuit!
And of course, last but certainly the worst, the lights go down with an ominous orchestral version of his song playing. A spotlight appears, and the Devil of AEW descends on a throne. Then the traditional version of his theme plays, and MJF takes off the mask to head to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if MJF survives Sin City!
The bell rings, each man in a corner, and the fans rally up. MJF stares his challengers down, then bails out to flip everyone off. MJF says he doesn’t care, we’re on HIS time. But then JB goes out! And Sammy goes out! MJF slides back in but Darby’s there! The challengers corner MJF, and he shouts at them to back off! He’ll beat the piss outta all three of ’em! The challengers beat the piss outta MJF! Fans cheer as they mug MJF, and then JB CHOPS MJF! JB drags MJF back up so Sammy can CHOP! Darby stomps MJF, but Sammy pushes him aside so he can stomp MJF out of the ring.
But then JB & Darby reel Sammy in for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Sammy lands out of it! He shoves them both, hurdles over both, but JB holds ropes. Sammy backflips over Darby, then DROPKICKS Darby and kips up, into JB’s DROPKICK! Darby DROPKICKS JB, all three men get back up, TRIPLE DROPKICKS cancel out! All three men kip up and fans fire up as they stare down. MJF returns and mockingly applauds. But they BLAST him down! Darby aims but JB stops his slingshot. Sammy stops JB’s slingshot and wrenches an arm, Darby comes back but JB kicks him away. JB then jumps over Darby to flip through the arm wrench!
JB CHOPS Sammy, knuckle locks and kicks Darby, then goes up the ropes to DOUBLE ARABIAN ARM-DRAG! And kip up! Fans fire up as JB feels it, and he builds speed, only for MJF to get in and CLOBBER him! MJF gets on a corner to raise his hands and fans are torn between cheers and jeers. MJF gets fans rallying, and he runs the ropes, but then struts and swivels his hips. As if he was gonna do anything else. But Darby DROPKICKS MJF out! Darby DIVES and takes MJF out at the ramp! But JB DIVES to take Darby out! JB keeps going, he DIVES to hit MJF! JB goes again, to FLY! Direct hit on both MJF and Darby!
Fans cheer as all three men are down, but Sammy returns! Sammy climbs the corner, aims and SHOOTING STAR PRESSES all three men down!! Fans fire up again as everyone is down in the leftover confetti from Kris Statlander’s win. “This is Awesome!” as all four men stir. Sammy stands up and says, “This is my effing night!” Sammy puts JB in, drags him up, scoops him and puts him in a Tree of Woe. But Darby returns, only for Sammy to kick him. Sammy puts Darby up top above JB, then climbs up after him. MJF slides in and JB sits up! SPIDER GERMAN SUPERPLEX, throwing Sammy & Darby at MJF!
Fans fire up again as all four men are down in the ring! JB drags himself up, MJF runs in but into a BOOT! Sammy runs in, into an ELBOW! JB rolls of Sammy, MJF shoves him, but the COMEBACKER hits! Sammy drags JB up but JB slips under, POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO! Darby drags himself up in a corner, JB runs in but into BOOTS! Darby jumps over JB to COFFIN SPLASH MJF! Then he goes corner to corner to COFFIN SPLASH JB! Then he goes back to COFFIN SPLASH MJF! Darby arm-drags MJF, goes around, MJF shouts “WHAT THE F-” THROWBACK STUNNER! Headlock takeover! Cover, TWO!!
MJF survives and Darby scowls. Sammy returns to RAM Darby into a corner! MJF goes to a corner, Sammy slingshots at JB but JB moves. Sammy lands safe, SHOOTING STARS but JB gets under! Sammy lands on his feet again, to SUPERKICK JB! But then Darby DIVES, into a CUTTER to the floor!! Fans are thunderous, Sammy gets in and dodges MJF to SPANISH FLY! Sammy FLIES to take out JB! Sammy just keeps moving, he goes up top and gives us Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives but fans are thunderous all the same! Sammy goes after MJF in a corner and CHOPS!
Sammy hoists MJF up, climbs up, but Darby and JB crawl in. MJF BITES Sammy’s forehead! Sammy drops back and MJF DOUBLE STOMPS Darby’s arm, KNEES JB in the corner, and then pops Sammy up for a POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! MJF wastes no time, he drags Sammy up to WRING him into JB! Darby returns, but MJF hits a headlock takeover! Cover, TWO!! Darby spins MJF, MJF pump handles him, half nelsons, MADE IN LONG ISLAND! Cover, TWO!!! Darby shocks MJF and fans are thunderous again! Both men in the ring stir and MJF stands. MJF scowls and he looms over Darby.
MJF SPITS on Darby, and says the fans only like Darby because he’s a “nobody, worthless POS, just like all of them!” Fans boo but MJF drags Darby up. Sammy returns but MJF blocks a superkick! MJF calls Sammy an effing idiot, but JB SUPERKICKS MJF! Who’s the idiot now? Sammy JUMP KNEES JB, MJF ROLLING ELBOWS Sammy, but Sammy PELES MJF! JB SUPERKICKS Sammy, but Darby SHOTGUNS JB! All four men are down again and the fans are loving “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Darby gets up, drags MJF into the SCORPION DEATH DROP! Shoutout to Sting, but Sammy hits Darby with a CODE BREAKER! Shoutout to Jericho!
But JB chicken wings Sammy and turns him! KILLSWITCH! Shoutout to Christian?! But MJF dragon sleepers JB! CROSS RHODES?!?! Cover, TWO!!! MJF can’t believe shouting out The American Nightmare didn’t end it! MJF goes out and he grabs a mic. MJF wants everyone to hold on, and then he goes back into the ring. MJF tells Sammy that he saw the cue card. Sammy’s got a baby on the way, he needs that money, so just lay down for him! Fans boo as MJF tries this again. “Just do the right thing. Think about the baby, Sammy.” Sammy asks for the mic, MJF hands it over, and fans chant between “YES! YES!” and “NO! NO!”
Sammy says he’ll lay down for MJF?! He’ll take the money!? MJF smiles, Sammy leans back, and MJF flips everyone off. MJF goes down, but Sammy cradles him! TWO!!! Sammy torture racks MJF! GO TO- NO, MJF blocks to wrangle an arm! Step over, Omoplata, but Sammy rolls through to get the legs! Another shoutout with the WALLS OF JERICHO!! MJF scrambles, ROPEBREAK- Oh but wait, not in a Fatal 4! Darby and JB return, but Darby trips JB?! To step through, SCORPION DEATHLOCK!! Shouting out the mentors with their signature stretches! MJF flails, but JB stops him from tapping!!
Darby and Sammy see that, they let both men go, and then Darby trips Sammy into the FIGURE FOUR! “WOO~!” but JB gets Darby’s arm! MJF staggers, into a trip and ANKLE LOCK! JB has Darby, Darby has Sammy, Sammy has MJF! MJF grabs JB in to a SLEEPER!! Fans are thunderous for this ring of submissions!! The ref checks all four men, but none of them are giving up! Fans hope these four “FIGHT FOREVER!” but it has to end somehow. MJF lets go of JB to stomp Sammy, and the ring is broken. Everyone lets go, MJF and Darby stay in the ring. Darby runs in, into an ELBOW!
MJF brings Darby in, up, but Darby pops free to hit a DESTROYER!! MJF flops over, Sammy springboards in, to hit a DESTROYER!! JB runs in to hit a DESTROYER!!! A Destroyer Hattrick! JB is the only one up, he lines up the shot, “This is Awesome!” as JB uses Darby and Sammy as steps to hit MJF with a DESTROYER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! MJF survives and JB is shocked! Fans rally up while JB is alone in the ring with Sammy. JB drags Sammy up, underhooks, but Sammy slips out. JB ducks, kicks, underhooks, TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! JB looks outside, he slides, but Darby dodges to RAM JB into railing!
Darby stands MJF up next to JB, goes side to side and comes in, to DOUBLE LARIAT them up and over the railing!! Fans lose their minds having those three wiped out right in front of them! Darby rises, throws JB back over, and then throws MJF back over. Fans fire up as Darby goes back to the ring and goes up a corner. But Sammy JUMP KNEES Darby first! Sammy goes out and says he’s muy loco! Sammy drags Darby up, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY onto MJF and JB!! All four men are wiped out again and the fans lose their minds again! Sammy drags himself away but Darby also rises. MJF and JB stir and follow, and fans rally up again.
Darby and Sammy are in the ring first, but JB and MJF still follow. Fans again say “This is Awesome!” because none of these four have given up. MJF throws a hand on Darby, Darby throws it to Sammy. Sammy CHOPS JB, JB throws a hand at MJF. MJF CHOPS JB, so JB CHOPS Sammy. Sammy ROCKS Darby, so Darby ROCKS MJF! The four stand now, MJF comes back to ROCK Darby! Darby wobbles, but he ROCKS Sammy! Sammy shakes that off and slaps himself, to ROCK JB! JB drops to a knee, but he stands right back up. Fans chant for “PILLARS! PILLARS!” and MJF dares JB to do something.
JB winds up but MJF pokes him in the eye! And then he pokes Darby! And he pokes Sammy! MJF flips the fans off then runs, but into a TRIPLE KICK COMBO!! They get MJF up and say they’re taking him out! Sammy goes up, JB and Darby hold MJF, for the FLYING CUTTER!! CODE RED from Darby, BLINDSIDER from JB! They drag MJF back up to TOSS him! JB rolls Sammy, TWO and Darby O’Conner Rolls JB! TWO and that sends Darby into a cradle from Sammy! TWO!! Darby trips and covers Sammy, TWO as Sammy goes Matrix. JB tilt-o-whirls to a crucifix that tabletops off Darby! But then Darby adds a jackknife, DOUBLE COVER!! TWO!!!
Sammy sunset flips Darby, TWO and JB has the ghost pin back! TWO!! Fans fire up, Sammy SUPERKICKS Darby! JB SUPER- NO, Sammy blocks and back suplexes to a DDT! But JB flops out of the ring! Sammy runs into BOOTS From Darby! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Darby drags Sammy to a drop zone, goes up top, but MJF trips Darby up! Sammy bails out while MJF climbs up. Fans rally and duel, MJF brings Darby up, AWESOME BOMB!!! But MJF clutches his bad arm! Everyone is down around ringside, fans rally up, MJF crawls to a cover, Sammy SENTONS it apart! Sammy covers, but JB SENTONS it apart!
JB covers MJF, TWO! JB covers Sammy, TWO! JB drags Darby back in to cover him, TWO!! JB grows frustrated but the fans rally back up. JB drags Sammy up, puts him on the top rope, and CHOPS him! JB climbs up after Sammy, Sammy throws hands, but JB adjusts to CHOP! They are both on the ropes, Sammy fires CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Sammy then jumps to SUPER CUTTER!! But JB flops out of the ring! Sammy can’t believe it, but he sees MJF is still down. Sammy goes to MJF and fans rally up. Sammy drags MJF up, but MJF LOW BLOWS! And this is the one time it isn’t really cheating!
MJF has the Dynamite Diamond Ring! But Darby has his skateboard! BLINDSIDE SKATEBOARD SHOT!! Darby goes up, COFFIN DROP!!! But Darby isn’t done there, headlock takeover! Cover, but JB breaks it!!! If not for JB, or if Darby had just covered sooner, MJF would’ve lost the belt! Darby glares at JB and shoves him. JB sighs, and he SLAPS Darby! Darby SLAPS back! Then they fire fast hands! Fans fire up for the hockey scrum, they DOUBLE SLAP and both men fall! MJF scurries back in and he has the belt! “Who’s it gonna be?! Who’s it gonna be!?” MJF wants to hit someone, and he grins as JB rises.
MJF runs in, but JB blocks the belt shot! They fight over the belt, but Sammy runs in to clothesline MJF and himself up and out! JB has the belt! Is he gonna bring out the killer instinct like this? Fans duel, “YES! YES!” “NO! NO!” JB watches Darby stagger up, but he says NO to the belt! JB runs in, but Darby trips him! Figure four, LAST SUPPER!! TWO!!! Sammy JUMP KNEES Darby! JUMP KNEE JB! Torture rack for JB, GO TO HOSPITAL!! Sammy hurries up top but Darby SHOVES him down! Darby positions JB, goes up, but MJF puts the belt on JB! COFFIN DROP onto the belt!! MJF then drags Darby up! MJF hits the headlock takeover!! Cover, MJF WINS!!!
Winner: MJF, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)
Love him or hate him, probably the latter, no one is on the level of the Devil! MJF finds a way to defy the odds, will his reign of terror never end?
Anarchy in the Arena II: The Elite VS Blackpool Combat Club!
Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks & Hangman Page may have had their differences, but they realized none of that mattered in the end. And why is that? Because Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta have tried to end the Elite! The founders of this company aren’t going down without a fight, will they prove they are truly the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW? Or will the BCC look to remove them and replace them in the most violent way possible?
While The Elite still has Carry On by Kansas, The BCC get a live performance of Wild Thing from the Violent Idols. A fitting bad name for this one as The BCC come down through the bleachers. The Elite decide to intercept, so the bell rings so this is on record! Yuta brawls with Nick Jackson, Bryan helps Yuta mug Nick but Hangman goes after Bryan Omega has Moxley, Matt has Claudio! The music keeps playing, kinda like last year. Moxley CHOKES Omega, Claudio pushes Matt down. Nick SMACKS Yuta with someone’s popcorn! Omega gets free to throw hands on Moxley! Claudio RAMS Matt!
Nick gets more popcorn, Hangman SMACKS Bryan off railing then high-fives fans. Nick then puts the popcorn bucket on Yuta’s head! Omega hops the railing to keep after Moxley while Claudio ROCKS Matt. Something’s going on in the timekeeper’s area! Hangman CROTCHES Bryan on the railing! And slides him all the way down into a TRASH CAN from Nick! Matt throws headlock punches on Claudio, but Claudio back suplexes! Matt lands on his feet to ROCK Claudio! Don Callis is here on commentary now!? He says everyone wanted to hear from him anyway. Wild Thing keeps going, Nick drops AX HANDLES!
Moxley is on the desk! He aims at Omega, leaps and AX HANDLES! Matt CLOBBERS Claudio and a ref! Oops! Nick borrows a fan’s replica AEW World Championship while Moxley has Omega in a facelock and CLUBS away on him! Claudio gets a chair to SMACK Omega on the back! Nick aims that replica belt to CLOBBER Yuta! Claudio CHOKES Omega with a chair, then Moxley gets a FIGURE FOUR on him! Hangman throws Bryan into the ring, Claudio shows off the ref’s bloody forehead. Hangman and Bryan brawl in the ring, Bryan KICKS away from all sides! And ROUNDHOUSES! Bryan runs, into a LARIAT!
Fans fire up as Hangman finally takes his jacket off. Hangman takes the eye patch off, he’s 100%! Bryan freaks out and Hangman says Bryan’s gonna need this later. He throws the eye patch to him, and brings out a SCREWDRIVER! But Yuta gets in to CHOP BLOCK Hangman! Yuta and Bryan stomp away on Hangman down, Moxley and Claudio get in the ring. They mug Hangman, stomp away, but The Elite hurry in with chairs! Matt SMACKS Claudio, Nick RAMS Yuta, and Omega throws hands with Moxley! Bryan and Hangman brawl in the other corner, and The Elite has the edge! Omega JAMS Moxley with the chair! And SMACKS him on the back!
The Elite all climb up, they all rain down fists! Fans cheer and count, they all get to TEN! The Elite pump each other up, and they QUADRUPLE SUPERKICK!! Fans are thunderous, the music keeps going, and then The Elite all strike Terminator kneeling poses! They build speed, and they QUADRUPLE DIVE!! They even hit the desk! Claudio staggers up the ramp and Matt keeps after him with haymakers! Nick and Bryan are with them, too, while Omega and Hangman have Moxley and Yuta! The Bucks TOSS Claudio & Bryan off the stage! Wait, Violent Idols are repping BCC. The Bucks creep up to him, to DOUBLE SUPERKICK!! Now that’s rock ‘n’ roll!
Omega SMACKS Moxley with part of the desk hood! The Bucks both FLY Off the stage to take out Claudio and Bryan! Omega CHOKES Moxley with the desk piece! Moxley is busted open, but he powers out to CHOP Omega! Nick and Matt keep on Bryan and Claudio while there’s a CHOP fight in the ring! The fans fire up as the CHOPS continue! Then they move to HEADBUTTS! And forearms! Moxley whips, Omega ducks ‘n’ dodges but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Yuta goes after Matt at the ramp, but he swings into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! And then Matt rolls through, the Polar Express goes down the ramp!
Fans fire up with every suplex, and Matt gets all the way down to ringside! But then Claudio attacks! But Nick runs in to CANNONBALL Claudio! Fans fire up as Matt brings Yuta around to throw at Hangman, POP-UP APRON POWERBOMB!! Omega and Moxley are back up in the ring and Hangman joins in. They both have beef with Moxley, they CHOP Moxley back and forth! Moxley falls, gets up, CHOP, repeat! But Claudio brawls with the Bucks outside, and they go back into the crowd. Omega holds Moxley, Hangman runs in, but Moxley ducks and the BOOT hits Omega! Moxley then LARIATS Hangman!
Moxley goes out after Omega, brings him up the ramp with a headlock, and Bryan CHOKES Nick with a piece of shirt! Claudio CLUBS Matt, Moxley hits DIRTY DEEDS on Omega on the ramp! Bryan goes after Hangman in the ring with fists in a corner! Bryan pulls off his wrist tape and uses it to CHOKE Hangman! Moxley leaps at Omega off the stage, but Omega hits him out of the air! Claudio and Matt keep going up the bleachers, Omega whips but Moxley reverses, and Omega hits the giant poker chip! Flashback to the original Double or Nothing! Claudio and Matt have reached the top, almost to the mezzanine.
Claudio CLUBS Matt, brings him up, and Moxley reveals the poker chip has BARBED WIRE on one side! Claudio scoops Matt, aims for the wall, but Matt slips off to send Claudio into the wall! Moxley brings Omega up, and speaking of going back to the original… Meanwhile, Bryan takes Justin Roberts’ really nice suit jacket from him! Omega fights Moxley’s lift to Alabama Lift Moxley! But Moxley fights that! Matt jumps off a concession counter to CROSSBODY Claudio into some stanchions! Moxley throws knees, then suplexes Omega onto the barbed wire! Fans are losing their minds all over the arena!
Claudio SMACKS Matt off a pillar! Hangman stands, Yuta and Bryan LASH him with leather belts! Moxley has a fork!? Bryan SMACKS Nick with a trash can! Fans chant “YOU SICK EFF!” at Moxley! HE JAMS OMEGA WITH THE FORK! Claudio SWINGS Matt around in the concourse! And TOSSES him into a trash can!! Moxley wraps Omega into a SLEEPER! Bryan digs at a cut on Nick’s forehead, trying to get more blood! Claudio carries Matt to somewhere. Yuta CLUBS Hangman, Omega is fading, but Omega revives! Omega BACKPACK SENTONS Moxley onto barbed wire!
Fans lose their minds more as Omega rises. Yuta has Hangman in the ring and CHOPS him! Hangman’s also bleeding! Yuta takes off his vest to paint his chest with Hangman’s paint. Bryan has Nick, brings him around, there’s a patch where they peeled the floor mats! Bryan digs Nick into the bare floor while Yuta whips Hangman hard into the buckles! Bryan rains down fists on Nick, while Mox rises with pieces of poker chip in his back! Yuta has a chair and he kicks Hangman around. Then he SMACKS Hangman on the back! Moxley returns to ringside to KNEE Omega down! And then he DIGS the fork into Omega’s forehead!
Bryan kneels on Nick to rain down more fists! And he digs at the forehead with his fingernails! Moxley joins Bryan in mugging Hangman with forearms and KICKS! Yuta looms over Hangman while Bryan goes to fetch something. Yuta drags Hangman up, Moxley runs in to KICK Hangman! Claudio and Matt have gone outside to the parking lot! Matt throws hands in return! Moxley CHUCKS a chair at Omega! Claudio trophy lifts Matt to TOSS him into the back of a truck bed! Moxley stands the chair up and brings Nick over, to suplex him onto the chair! Claudio climbs up into the truck to join Matt but Matt SUPERKICKS him!
Matt SMACKS Claudio off the cab, and again! Yuta covers Hangman, TWO! Claudio picks Matt up, PILEDRIVER in the truck bed!! Bryan drags Hangman into the LEBELL LOCK! And Moxley has that bright green power cable and uses it to CHOKE Hangman!! Claudio leaves Matt behind, Omega saves Hangman! But Yuta JAMS Omega with a leaf blower!? And then SMACKS him on the back with it! Omega staggers, Yuta throws hands, and Moxley joins in. They hit Omega with a HART ATTACK!! Bryan TOSSES Nick off the stage! Hangman rises up but Moxley is after him first! Moxley goes up the corner, slashes his throat, and flips everyone off.
Moxley then goes to Hangman, reels him in, but Hangman fights the lift! Hangman turns things around, APRON DEADEYE!! Yuta SMASHES Hangman with the leaf blower! Yuta rushes Omega, but he has the trash can lid shield! He blocks the leaf blower attack to then RAM Yuta down! Bryan rushes in but he gets a SHIELD BASH! Claudio gets in, and he BLOCKS the shield bash! Is he the Winter Soldier or something!? Claudio slaps the shield away, Omega runs, but into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Nick jumps in to FLYING RANA Claudio! Nick fires off hands on Bryan and Yuta! Then he SCREW HIGH KICKS Yuta!
SHINING WIZARD for Bryan! BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Moxley is back, he LARIATS Nick! And then GOTCH PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Nick survives, but Moxley unleashes DRAGON STOMPS! Omega staggers up, Moxley KNEES him down, then he goes back for more DRAGON STOMPS on Nick! Moxley has the leg, HALF CRAB! But Omega BOOTS Moxley! Moxley says F YOU! But Omega BOOTS him again! And again! Yuta fires off on Omega, Claudio joins in! Claudio clotheslines Omega up and out! Moxley now has a FULL BOSTON CRAB! And Yuta adds a CROSSFACE! Claudio RAMS Omega into railing!
Nick endures double submissions, how much longer can he last!? But wait! MATT RETURNS! Matt clutches his neck but he still gets in the ring to SUPERKICK- WHOA, what exploded off the bottom of Matt’s boot?!? Moxley lets go, Yuta fires off on Matt! Yuta runs, but Matt SUPERKICKS Yuta! And SUPERKICKS him again! And SUPERKICKS AGAIN!! Yuta finally falls over, Nick drags him back up! Hangman is there, BUCKSHOT LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Yuta survives but just barely! Claudio is back, as is Bryan! Bryan blocks a kick for Claudio to UPPERCUT! Claudio takes Matt’s shoes off and PUNTS one into the crowd!
Claudio and Matt pull at the sock, then stomp away on the bare toes! Claudio digs his boot into Matt’s head while Bryan stomps Matt everywhere else! Fans boo, maybe the shoe has to be given back. Omega drags Claudio out, they brawl, but Matt gets mugged by Yuta and Bryan. Moxley returns, an d he pours out a bag of THUMBTACKS! Fans freak out, Matt kicks but Moxley blocks! Atomic drop on the tacks! Matt’s bare foot gets a heel full! And then DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO!?!??! How?!? But Bryan just grabs the bare foot for a HEEL HOOK!! Matt flails, endures, Nick SUPERKICKS Claudio away!
Nick goes up, SWANTON BOMB onto Bryan! Moxley hits a CUTTER onto the tacks! But Omega gets Moxley for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega dares Bryan to get up. Omega aims his finger gun, BANG and- UPPERCUT from Claudio! And then the arms are tucked, RICOLA- RANA!! Omega V-TRIGGERS Claudio! BUSAIKU KNEE from Bryan! Hangman is back, Bryan dodges, BUSAIKU KNEE! Bryan fires up, the fans are thunderous, and Bryan sits Omega up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Yuta goes after Hangman to do the same! Moxley has Nick for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
Matt returns to CLUB Yuta and Moxley to stop the, then he CLUBS away on Bryan. But Yuta LOW BLOWS Matt! Moxley drags Matt up, to feed him thumbtacks!! And Claudio takes off an elbow pad, to UPPERCUT the tacks out of Matt’s mouth! Yuta GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, HANGMAN BREAKS IT! Omega and Hangman are surrounded by the BCC and fans are thunderous. Omega and Hangman stand to fire off hands! That’s still 3v2 but Omega starts turning it around! Omega clotheslines Claudio up and out! Hangman GERMAN SUPLEXES Moxley onto the tacks!
Bryan KICKS Omega! And KICKS Hangman! And repeat! Bryan powers up but Omega blocks a kick! Feed to Hangman for DEADEYE!! And then feed back for Electric Chair! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, YUTA BREAKS IT!! Yuta saves the BCC and Callis loves it! Yuta glares at Omega and Hangman, he fires off forearms and CHOPS! But Omega ROCKS Yuta again and again! And CHOPS him! Fireman’s carry, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, Hangman SHOOTING STARS, Omega MOONSAULTS, Hangman goes up, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT Claudio!! Callis is mad and storms off commentary!
Hangman reloads, Omega and Hangman coordinate, but Moxley drags Omega out! They brawl, Hangman still slingshots, but Yuta ducks! Callis hands Yuta the screwdriver!! SCREWDRIVER TO HANGMAN’S FOREHEAD!! Omega returns, he dodges Yuta to V-TRIGGER!! Electric Chair Lift, but Callis gets in! Omega drops Yuta to stare down his betrayer. But then someone jumps the railing to get in! He pushes past Callis to KNEE Omega down! That’s KONOSUKE TAKESHITA!!!! Fans boo as another man betrays Omega!! Yuta SCREWDRIVER JAMS Omega! And then SEATBELT! THE BCC WINS!!
Winners: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall
The Future of Wrestling has joined the dark side! Don Callis’ recruiting worked out, but Callis isn’t done with Omega. Callis takes off his own belt, to CHOKE Omega with it!!! Fans boo and rally for The Elite but there’s nothing they can do! Callis finally lets Omega go, and both he and Konosuke stand tall with the BCC! The BCC hoists Yuta up onto their shoulders since he got the win, is their group only stronger now? Is this going to be the end of The Elite?
A mostly great show, but AEW is starting to become more flash than substance. I’ll skip ahead to the TBS Championship, which as far as Jade VS Taya goes, was really good stuff. I didn’t like that Jade won to get to 60-0 because then we all think, “Who’s supposed to beat her now? Why was Taya brought in if she was gonna go 0-2?” And then look, oh! Kris Statlander is back, but she’s getting a title shot now because Sterling and Jade are so arrogant, and that’s how the streak ends. 60-1, but in a rather confusing way.
Though I suppose, as I’ve said leading up to this, there have been any number of confusing moves in other story builds. The Firm story, the Starks VS BCG story and the Swerve VS Keith story all feel disjointed, disorganized, and that is disappointing. The Six Man Tag was of course a Buy-In match, but surprisingly it was the only Buy-In match. Maybe that’s a good thing, because I don’t think I could’ve taken 12+ matches. But of course, this story continues with Matt Hardy now in charge of Ethan Page as karma for before.
The International title Blackjack Battle Royal was itself a lot of fun because AEW does good battle royals, and I suppose there is something to be said for putting in many stories into one match. But a battle royal for a singles title is not how to add to those stories. Obviously nothing is over between Starks and the Bullet Club Gold, and obviously nothing is over between Swerve and Keith. And I’m actually disappointed Orange Cassidy won, I thought this was a great way to have him lose in a protected way to then try for some other title now. Or at least have someone show up after who would get in his face to set up a feud. Didn’t Team QTV say on a QTV that they were supposed to be in this? Where the hell were they, Tony Khan?
I still liked what we got in the Unsanctioned Match, though I’m rather surprised it was second. I do appreciate that there was still stuff from Britt and Saraya, it’d be worse if there wasn’t anything, but then it kinda muddies things later when Britt and Saraya get at each other during Storm VS Hayter. And for an Unsanctioned Match, this actually felt like the tamest one AEW has done. I suppose part of that comes from Jericho being a bit up there in years and Cole still needing to be careful coming back from concussion, but it didn’t feel near as vicious as Cole and Jericho was hyping this up to be. If only there wasn’t all the drama and burned bridges, because this is where reDRagon (mostly Fish) could’ve returned to AEW to help against the JAS and truly reunite the Undisputed.
While bringing up Storm VS Hayter, that was all put together well and how it should have been done, in a vacuum. The Outcasts of course help Storm in, and Britt & Shida do their best to fight the Outcasts off, but it wasn’t going to be enough, Storm wins. Hayter’s shoulder, whether really hurt or just kayfabe hurt, will get her time off now, and maybe Shida keeps the fight against the Outcasts going. But we already got some Britt and Saraya scrapping, so it lessens the impact in this segment. A Mixed Tag of Cole & Britt VS Jericho & Saraya is an interesting move, too, but maybe this is all meant to make up for not having other pieces available.
Great stuff out of the tag title match. Mark did great as the ref, Karen was just getting nuclear heat, and all the action was good itself. Great use of ref bump here, and of course Jarrett lost his cool with Mark, they’re not the close friends in the group. Great win for FTR that way, and mostly great that Triple J didn’t win, on to some other team. Though, the confusing booking returns as FTR are the ones saving Starks from The BCG when they weren’t in the battle royal. It’d make more sense if it was the Lucha Brothers, cuz I’d love to see White & Juice go for the ROH tag titles. But I guess this is to say BCG will go after the AEW tag titles now? Hmm…
I appreciate them doing the “opening ceremony” for the Owen Hart Cup here, but it didn’t feel like a ceremony, just felt like an announcement promo from Martha Hart. And kind of cringe at that. But this will all be a great opportunity for several men and women in the midcard, though I hope something more happens after the tournament as opposed to last year where it was nice to see Britt & Cole as the Queen and King of Hart since they are also a couple. Really wild ladder match for the TNT title, and that was really risky stuff Wardlow was doing. Wardlow retaining is fine, since it would’ve just been Luchasaurus helping Christian win. Maybe now Luchasaurus gets his match with Wardlow as we were all expecting.
Great Open House match for the trios titles, and Caster had a great rap, but this all felt too soon to mean anything. As soon as The Acclaimed & Billy won that trios battle royal, they should’ve been calling out the House, but because the Open House Rules were something unique, that had to be built, too. Which makes me think they could’ve/should’ve introduced those rules sooner. I guess we can file this as another disjointed and disappointing build from Tony Khan. And I have no idea where Acclaimed & Billy go from here, other than they try again and then actually come up with a crazy rule under Dealer’s Choice. But even then, they’ll look silly for not just trying that here.
And finally, the matches that were actually awesome, AEW’s “Double Main Event” which makes me think WWE’s “Triple Main Event” was just them trying to preemptively one-up Double or Nothing. Between the two matches, the title match was the better match. And even comparing Anarchy in the Arena II to the original, last year’s felt so much wilder. All four men in the Fatal 4 Way proved that they should be seen as the Four Young Pillars, and I loved the creativity in all of it. I figured MJF would find a way, and now maybe he has a 1v1 story with one of the three. Maybe we even get all three in a series, one of them closing out the year with MJF at like Winter is Coming.
And as I said, Anarchy in the Arena II wasn’t as hectic as last year’s, though I suppose still just as violent. And I do appreciate that Wild Thing constantly going on until a certain point is the tradition. Great reveal that Hangman’s eye was 100%, great Captain America motif from Omega with his ring gear and the trash can lid shield, but of course Callis gets involved. Quite the twist that Konosuke returns to help the BCC, though that did feel possible leading into this. It wasn’t really clear if Callis and Konosuke are starting their own group or are now BCC, they didn’t really celebrate all together, they were all just celebrating in the same area. I wish they were a bit more clear. Maybe Konosuke did it not for Callis but for Bryan, that’d be better continuity.
My Score: 8.8/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/26/23)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Get ready to scissor in Sin City!
Just days before Double or Nothing, AEW Rampage sees The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn continue in trios action! Will they be aiming for The House of Black soon enough?
- Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS La Faccion Ingobernable; The Acclaimed & Billy win.
- Six Man Tag: Ethan Page & The Gunns VS ???; Ethan & The Gunns win.
- Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir; Britt & Shida win.
- Best Friends VS Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey; Moriarty & Morrissey win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass won the Tres de Mayo Trios Battle Royal over three weeks ago and are still building momentum in the Trios Division. But will they be able to bring down Rush, Dralistico & Preston Vance? Or will LFI make Sin City tranquilo?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed in the house, we the nicest ever. This is not a game, this is not Fight Forever. Rush, you’re losing your cred. How you gonna fight us with all your pubes on your head? Wait, is this guy from Tijuana, bro? He looks like the dominatrix at the donkey show! We’ll make your crew say adios. Acclaimed here to win this match mas rapido!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “LAAAAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does~! But will this be muy bien for The Acclaimed? Or muy malo?
The trios sort out and fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens starts against Dralistico and the two circle. Dralistico copies the conducting of the choir, and even offers the scissor finger. Bowens goes to accept but Dralistico kicks low! Dralistoco CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! But Bowens turns things around to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Dralistico CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Bowens CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bowens whips, Dralistico goes up and over and then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Bowens comes back with a mule kick, front kick, and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up because “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!”
But Dralistico gets away and tags in Perro Peligroso. Bowens tags in Caster, and The Dangerous Dog circles with Platinum Max. They tie up, Vance headlocks, and Caster powers up and out. Vance runs Caster over, mocks the scissors, then runs. Caster drops, hurdles, then arm-drags! Caster has Vance’s arm and thrusts with it! Then Caster clamps the armlock, but Vance fights up to ROCK him with a forearm! Vance whips, Caster ducks ‘n’ dodges, and leaps, but into Vance’s arms! Vance FALL AWAY SLAMS Caster towards his corner! Billy tags in and fans fire up! Billy is a big man, just like Vance.
Billy takes off the brand new “I ♥ 2 Scissor” shirt, and shows off the DADDY ABS! Billy raises the hands, calling for a test of strength. Vance goes to oblige, but then Billy tells him “SUCK IT!” Fans fire up but Vance CHOPS Billy! Vance tells Billy to “SUCK IT!” then runs, but into a scoop! Billy carries Vance around, to FALL AWAY SLAM! What Vance can do, Billy can do better! Billy scoops and SLAMS Vance, tags Bowens in, but then Rush rushes in to ROCK Billy! Dralistico attacks Bowens and Caster, the LFI turn things around as they throw out Billy and Bowens. Billy is sent into the steps! Bowens and Caster are sent into railing!
Fans rally for The Acclaimed but the LFI all stomp away on Caster in the ring. The LFI mock the scissors, and then just flip off Caster before raising the LFI fists. Fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
The LFI mug Caster more, then Rush CHOPS him in a corner. Dralistico CHOPS Caster, and then Vance stands Caster back up to CHOP him, too! LFI double whip Caster corner to corner, Dralistico runs in to SPLASH, and then Vance runs in to clothesline! Rush powers up, runs, and jumps just to BOOT Caster! Rush rolls back to tranquilo while the rest of LFI raise the fists. Fans rally for The Acclaimed while Vance bumps Caster off buckles. Vance then runs to BOOT Bowens! Rush drags Caster out, throws body shots, and then he and Dralistico put Caster back in for Vance. Vance then sends Caster back out to them, to send into railing!
Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but then LFI brawls with The Acclaimed on the outside! Rampage returns to single picture as fans chant “REF YOU SUCK!” Billy is sent into railing, and Dralistico dumps Bowens over into the front row! Vance keeps on Caster while Dralistico HEADBUTTS Bowens while he’s sitting on a fan’s lap! The fans help Bowens get up, Vance drags Caster up and tags in Dralistico. Dralistico CHOPS, then throws forearm after forearm. Dralistico goes side to side for a SUPERKICK! Dralistico lounges up top and the fans boo. Dralistico drags Caster up to whip but Caster blocks!
Dralistico CHOPS Caster, has him in an open corner, and he whips Caster corner to corner again. Caster dodges the splash! Dralistico rushes back after Caster, Caster dodges, and they DOUBLE LARIAT! Both men are down, they crawl for their teams, hot tags to Vance and Billy! Daddy Ass rallies on LFI! He SPLASHES Vance in a corner, brings him out, kicks low and, well, “SUCK IT!” FAMOUSER!! Cover, but Jose helps with the ropebreak! Fans boo, they know the truth! Jose mocks the scissor fingers while celebrating his antics. But Caster tosses Jose in! Billy drags Jose up while Caster RAMS Dralistico into railing!
Bowens RAMS Rush into railing on the other side, then goes to the corner. Billy scoop SLAMS Jose into position! Bowens is up top, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Jose flounders out of the ring, and the fans fire up as The Acclaimed- NO, Rush & Dralistico drag Caster & Bowens out of the ring! Billy swings on Vance but he dodges, to DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Caster says Billy but Rush CLOBBERS Caster! Billy is in the corner, Rush stomps him! Fans boo, but El Toro Blanco says “When you mess with the bull,” only to turn around into Bowens’ Five Tool Strike Fest! SUPERKICK!!
Rush bails out, but Dralistico springboards in, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Dralistico drags Bowens up, but Bowens wrenches and clinches, THE ARRIVAL! Caster hurries, he tags in off Billy and climbs up! MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall
A fast ‘n’ furious battle, and Daddy Ass and his boys make it through! Bowens gets the mic to say, “How we doin’ tonight, Vegas?” Fans cheer, they’re doing great! “The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass, we feel the exact same way, because we’ve been running through this Trios Division all month long! And seeing as though we are in Vegas, I think we should do some gambling. What do you say?” Bowens says that if Vegas is gonna gamble, maybe Sunday night, remember this: The House always wins, but never bet on Black! Because EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Bowens, Caster & Billy call out Malakai, Brody & Buddy, will the scissors cut down the House of Black?
Six Man Tag: Ethan Page & The Gunns VS ???
From one trios match to another, All Ego & The Ass Boys are taking on The Hardy Party at Double or Nothing, with Ethan’s contract on the line! Will Ethan, Austin & Colten be rolling into Sunday to exact revenge on Matt & Jeff?
The trios sort out, Austin starts against ??? and the two circle. Ethan & Colten distract ???, and Austin CLOBBERS him! Austin swaggers, then tags in Colten. Colten drags ??? up, puts him in the corner and stomps away on him! The ref counts, Colten lets off to tell her to shut up! Tag to Austin, Austin stomps a mudhole now, but the ref counts again. Austin lets off and shouts, then tags Colten back in. The Gunns whip, body shot, knee lift, and then LARIAT! Fans boo but the Gunns soak it up. Colten says if Ethan wants some, here he goes. Tag to Ethan and he soaks up the heat while trotting around ???
Ethan stomps ??? then brings him up, only to get a JAWBREAKER! Hot tag to 222! The Gunns jump in but Austin misses, Colten gets a BOOT, and then Austin gets a haymaker! 222 throws more heavy hands, but then Ethan BOOTS him down! Fans boo as Ethan looms over 222 and shouts, “Are you kidding me?” The Gunns take care of ??? and 333 by throwing them into the railing! Ethan puts 222 up, crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM! And then he and the Gunns get 222 up, feed to the 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, Ethan & The Gunns win!
Winners: Ethan Page & The Gunns, by pinfall
Ethan isn’t done, either, he wants a mic! A mic is given, and Ethan says he wants to talk to the “bozos” in Vegas. “Shut up, you basic ass civilians.” Ethan doesn’t care if anyone here was watching, he wants The Hardy Boyz to have been watching. Because if so, they just saw what a REAL three man crew, a REAL trio, can do! A REAL team! And on Sunday, guess we won’t find out what the Hardy Party can do because these three took out Kassidy! FOR GOOD! So it is clearly going to be 3v2 now. But wait, here come the Hardy Boys! Fans fire up as Matt & Jeff are on stage, and Jeff has a mic of his own!
Jeff says, “The Ass Boys are looking good out here on Rampage with a boost of ego. This Sunday, the Egos will be DELETED, compliments of us.” Matt tells Ethan that his contract and his ass will belong to Matt now! If they have to fight 3v2, they’re not afraid to. Because to them, fear is only a four letter word. Wait, Kassidy is here with a neck brace? Ethan mocks them to come on down, and Austin mocks the moaning and squealing. Kassidy says unfortunately, the doctor did not clear him to compete. However… He found a replacement. It’s HOOK!! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil did help Hardy Party in the Firm Deletion, so he has returned to help them again!
Fans fire up as Hook follows the Hardy Boys to the ring, and that sends Ethan & The Gunns running! Will the remnants of The Firm be torn down once and for all now that Kassidy has #SentHook?
Backstage interview with Naturally Limitless.
Lexi Nair is with Keith Lee & Dustin Rhodes, and we all know things have been heating up between them and the now Mogul Embassy. It has just been announced that Swerve Strickland and Brian Cage are both in the Blackjack Battle Royal, as are they. What does that mean for them? Imagine that, huh? Swerve and Cage in a battle royal. So after Keith & Dustin eliminate them, because this is all for the International Championship, then Keith & Dustin can just eliminate everyone else and then make a decision on who wins it all. Dustin is confident he and Keith can come to an agreement.
But Swerve and Cage, you know it’s heated. You know it’s coming. Be ready. Keith adds that if the Embassy is in this, then he can’t wait! Keith heads out, and Dustin hopes Swerve saw that. Will nothing stop Keith & Dustin settling things with Swerve’s House this Sunday?
Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir!
While The Doctor & The Full Metal Warrior couldn’t put away the Outcasts, they are sticking together in this ongoing battle of AEW Homegrowns and everyone else. Will these former AEW Women’s World Champions prove they are still a formidable team? Or will the Vicious Vixens be a major problem for them?
The teams sort out, Shida starts against Nyla as no strangers to each other. They circle, and then Nyla kicks low and CLUBS Shida on the back! Nyla bumps Shida off buckles, then tags in Marina. The Vixens double whip, but Shida ducks the double ax handles to shove Marina into Nyla, and then shove them both into a corner! Shida runs corner to corner to KNEE them both down! Shida then snap suplexes Marina onto Nyla! Fans fire up with Shida and she points to Britt. Fans fire up as Shida tags in Britt! Britt fires off on Marina, but Marina shoves her back. Britt dodges, comes back, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Britt keeps on Marina with hammering elbows, then she wraps on a chinlock. Britt brings Marina up but Marina blocks the suplex. Britt powers up and still suplexes Marina up and over! Cover, TWO! Britt brings Marin up, ROCKS her, and then whips her to ropes. Marina reverses to CHOP and BOOT Britt down! Marina scowls, storms up on Britt, and tags in Nyla. The Vixens mug Britt in the corner, and Nyla CHOKES Britt on the ropes! Nyla laughs right into the corner camera before she lets go at 4. Fans boo as Nyla stands on Britt and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Nyla lets off as the ref counts, and then Nyla drags Britt up. Nyla scoops Britt to SLAM her down, then she soaks up the heat. Nyla stomps Britt, drags her up, and scoops to SLAM her again! Nyla mocks the “D! M! D!” and then stalks Britt to scoop her again. Britt slips off, but Nyla choke grips her for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Marina and Shida shout at each other, and Nyla brings Britt up to CLUB her on the back. Nyla bumps Britt off buckles, tags Marina, and Marina fires off body shots! Marina kicks Britt’s legs out, then tags Nyla back in. The Vixens drag Britt up to whip her hard into the corner!
Marina whips Nyla in to SPLASH! And then Nyla feeds Britt to Marina’s BOOT! Marina taunts Shida, clamps onto Britt with an armlock, and she grinds Britt down. Britt endures, reaches out, throws slapping hands on Marina, but then Marina whips Britt back into the corner! Nyla tags back in, the Vixens mug Britt more, and Nyla RAMS Britt in the corner! And again! And again! Nyla sits Britt down, digs her boot in, and mockingly counts along with the ref before letting off at 4. Nyla snapmares, clamps claws onto Britt’s shoulders, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and the Vixens double whip Britt into their corner again! Marina sends Nyla in but Britt avoids the splash! Marina hurries after Britt, misses, and she stubs a toe on the ropes! Gotta be careful going barefoot! Hot tag to Shida! Shida dodges Marina, ENZIGURIS her down, then rolls to SHOTEI Nyla! Marina throws a forearm, but Shida throws a flurry in return! Fans fire up with Shida as she just hammers away on Marina! Marina staggers around, swings, but Shida DECKS her! Shida puts Marina in a corner, climbs up, and Shida rains down more fists! The fans count along and Shida gets all the way to TEN!
Shida roars, brings Marina out with a kick, and then adjusts up top to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Shida tags Britt then runs to ROCK Nyla! Britt brings Marina up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, but Nyla scoop SLAMS Shida onto it! Nyla is mad and she hoists Britt up. Nyla hangs Britt out to dry, then goes to the corner! Nyla climbs, aims, but Shida saves her from the knee! Nyla runs back in, but Shida & Britt dump her out hard! And then a METEORA to the floor wipes the Native Beast out! Britt has a glove, she spells it out, “D! M! D!” But Marina CHOPS, KICKS and KICKS! But Britt dodges to SUPERKICK!
Britt hurries to ripcord and- NO, Marina gets around to ripcord and SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO into a ghost pin! TWO into the RINGS OF SATURN! Shida is in, KATANA puts Marina into the LOCK JAW!! Marina is OUT, the ref calls it! Britt & Shida win!
Winners: Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida, by submission
A hard fought victory for the Doctor and the Warrior! But wait, The Outcasts are on the tron! And they’re all shaking their heads but smirking as they stand over JAMIE HAYTER! They went after her backstage! Shida & Britt hurry to the back but the damage has been done! Will Hayter be able to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship after this?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, ahead of the Blackjack Battle Royal, Lee Moriarty & Big Bill take on Best Friends. Let’s see which team comes out on top. Well, it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!” Will Trent Beretta & Chuck Taylor have the hot hand going into the International Championship match? Or will #TAIGASTYLE and the human skyscraper make bust them already?
Best Friends VS Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey!
As Best Friends make their entrance, we see their best amigos, Bandido, Komander and even The Lucha Brothers all watching from the front row. They’re all going to be in the battle royal, too, and well, look at that. It would seem The Superbad Squad and the Varsity Athletes had the same idea. They’re all together in one section watching this in person, too.
Anyway, the teams sort out and Moriarty starts against Chuck. They circle, Chuck does some drop steps, and then the two tie up. Chuck waistlocks, wrenches an arm, then wristlocks. Moriarty works on the escape, but Chuck cranks the wrist. Moriarty stomps a leg, rolls and kips up to then arm-drag free. Chuck backs off and Moriarty does his dance. Fans boo but Bill cheers. Trent tags in and he circles with Moriarty. They tie up, Moriarty gets around to a waistlock but Trent switches. Moriarty switches back, Trent switches again, but Moriarty elbows free and hits a headlock takeover.
Trent headscissors, Moriarty kips free and hits another headlock takeover. Trent headscissors again, Moriarty kips free again, and fans cheer the standoff. Moriarty does his dance and fans boo again. Moriarty claps at Trent, but Trent offers a handshake. Moriarty accepts, but he sees the cheap shot coming! Trent laughs it off, but Moriarty rakes the eyes! Moriarty CHOPS Trent to ropes, whips him, but Trent reverses. Chuck hits Moriarty, but Moriarty DECKS him! But then Trent CLOBBERS Moriarty! Fans fire up with Trent and he brings Moriarty up. Trent CHOPS Moriarty down, then tags Chuck.
Best Friends double whip Moriarty to a corner, then Trent sends Chuck in to clothesline! Trent runs in to ELBOW! Trent brings Moriarty out, Best Friends double suplex! They both flex on Morrissey, then SLAM Moriarty down! Fans cheer but Big Bill runs in! He breaks the double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT the Best Friends! Bill clotheslines Chuck out, then he whips Trent corner to corner hard! Trent tumbles up and out and Bill paces. Best Friends are down while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Bill goes out to stomp Trent around, then stalks Trent. Bill rains down fists on Trent, but Chuck is after Moriarty! Chuck whips but Moriarty reverses to send Chuck into railing! Bill drags Trent up, ROCKS him, and Moriarty puts Chuck in the ring. Moriarty drags Chuck up, UPPERCUTS him, and then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off, and he distracts the ref so Bill can BOOT Chuck down! Moriarty covers, TWO! Moriarty drags Chuck up, the Varsity Athletes and Superbad Squad aren’t impressed with any of this, but Bill tags in. Bill throws body shots, the Lucha Brothers cheer Chuck on.
Bill digs his boot in, but steps off as the ref counts, and Moriarty CHOKES Chuck now! Trent protests but Moriarty scurries away. Bill soaks up the heat from Vegas, then he DECKS Chuck! Bill drags Chuck up, ROCKS him again, then tags in Moriarty. They mug Chuck, stomp away on him, and the ref counts. Moriarty lets off and roars, then goes back to Chuck. Moriarty drags Chuck up to wrench an arm into an ELBOW BREAKER! Moriarty snapmares Chuck, wraps him up, but Chuck fights the straitjacket. Moriarty turns Chuck over and hammerlocks an arm, to then SNAP LOCK it!
Chuck endures, even as Moriarty bridges over! Moriarty then goes back around to SNAP LOCK the arm again! Chuck endures, Moriarty bridges again, and then SNAP LOCKS a third time! Chuck manages to sit up, he throws some elbows, and he gets free! Only for Moriarty to DECK Trent with a cheap shot! Moriarty CLUBS Chuck, brings him around and tosses him out! The ref is distracted with Moriarty and Bill goes over to run at Chuck. But Chuck dodges, and the big boot from Big Bill gets stuck on the railing! That’s not good for Little Willie! Rampage returns to single picture and Moriarty rushes out! Chuck dodges and slides in, to hot tag Trent!
Fans fire up as Trent gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Moriarty! And then GERMAN SUPLEX again! And HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Moriarty flops out of the ring. Trent builds speed to DIVE, but into Big Bill’s big hands! APRON CHOKE SLAM!! The Lucha Amigos all wince from that and Trent flops to the floor. Bill drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and then he tags in. Bill runs in at Trent, but Trent dodges the splash! Bill hits buckles and maybe even post! Trent half nelsons but Bill elbows free, only to get a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Trent then reels Bill back in, SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF!!
Fans fire up with Best Friends, and Best Friends HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Trent then drags Bill up while Chuck climbs the corner. But Moriarty CLUBS Chuck down off the corner! Bill turns Alabama Lift into Canadian Rack, but Trent slips free! Trent runs, but into the BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!! Fans fire up from that feat of strength, and Bill tags Moriarty. They haul Trent up, Bill full nelsons and Moriarty gets the legs, NARAKU!! Cover off the full nelson swinging bomb, but Chuck breaks it!! Fans fire up as Best Friends survive! Moriarty drags Chuck up to TOSS him! Tag to Bill and they go back to Trent.
Moriarty wants Bill to go to the corner and Bill climbs up. Moriarty brings Trent up, but Chuck anchors Bill! Trent sends Moriarty into Little Willie! Moriarty flops out of the ring, and Best Friends fire off hands on Bill! They adjust Bill’s position up there, then climb up after him! DOUBLE SUPERPLEX!! Trent crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Bill survives and the Varsity Athletes are amused. The Lucha Amigos rally for Trent & Chuck as Chuck reels Bill in. But Moriarty slides in to claw Chuck’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Trent whips Moriarty. Moriarty reverses to send Trent out and then BOOT him down!
But Chuck kicks Moriarty and reels him in! AWFUL WAFFLE!! But Bill BOOTS Chuck!! Bill choke grips, and SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAMS him!! Cover, Bill & Moriarty win!
Winners: Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall
Moriarty & Morrissey stand tall, but this was in tag team action. The battle royal is every man for himself, will it come down to these two at the end? Wait, they go up to the Lucha Amigos to talk some trash, and Bandido gives thumbs down right to their faces. Bill shoves Bandido, so Bandido throws a forearm! Moriarty goes after Bandido, the Lucha Brothers go after Moriarty and Bill! And then Butcher, Blade, Kip, and the Varsity Athletes join in! People are sent into railing, and the Varsity Athletes mug Trent in the ring! Sterling tells them to keep going, but here comes ORANGE CASSIDY himself!
The Freshly Squeezed International Champion is here, he runs the Varsity Athletes off swinging his backpack, but the other entrants are still brawling it out on the outside! Cassidy shows off the prize, but here comes THE MACHINE! Brian Cage storms his way down to the ring, but here comes KEITH LEE! He and Dustin Rhodes storm their way down to the ring, and they add a lot of beef to the brawl! Naturally Limitless mugs Cage, the Varsity Athletes still mug Trent, and Cassidy just looks around at the chaos. But then “Whose House? SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve is here in person, but he doesn’t seem in any rush to save Cage.
Keith eyes Swerve from the ramp, but Dustin still throws hands on Cage. Keith storms up after Swerve, but Swerve laughs and dares him to follow backstage. Cage turns things around on Dustin, all the other teams keep beating on each other! If this is how it is to close Rampage, how much wilder will it get when the title is on the line?
A really good Rampage for the go-home of Double or Nothing, and obviously since we didn’t see the traditional pre-battle-royal brawl on Dynamite, of course we saw it here to close the show. The main event tag match was great stuff, and what a great surprise that Best Friends didn’t win! The go-home math now says Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t winning, though I would love if one of them did have a belt. Honestly, they’re trying to make it seem like Cassidy is going to retain the title, since almost everyone else in the battle royal either A) has a feud going already or B) just isn’t at midcard champion level yet.
For example, Swerve & Cage VS Keith & Dustin. We should’ve had some kind of blowoff way sooner than this, maybe on a themed Dynamite and in a No Disqualification style match. Same thing for Ricky Starks, Jay White and Juice Robinson being in this match. But that problem goes all the way back to how AEW handled Starks VS Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society. In the end, if anyone new is winning this belt, I would actually want it to be Komander. Komander is still with AAA, so I would love to see him do a tour of Mexico with the title the same way Pac toured the UK with it to establish that first reign.
Decent squash match from Ethan & Gunns beating those jobbers we never even got the names of, and great promo with Hardy Party to establish a new take on the Six Man Tag. Hook joining is a natural choice given he helped the Hardys against The Firm before, but something about this feels like the same backwards pacing as we’ve seen with Starks. The Hardys should’ve turned the contract control tables on Ethan way before The Firm Deletion, with The Firm Deletion being the blowoff that sends the Hardys and Ethan in different directions. Hook & Hardys will definitely win, and we will get who knows how many months of shenanigans where Matt orders Ethan around.
Really good women’s tag match with Britt & Shida winning, even though there’s nothing to win for women’s tag teams in AEW anymore/right now. But of course The Outcasts attack Hayter 3v1 to put her on the defensive. This go-home math would mean Hayter overcomes the odds because she has Britt & Shida helping against Saraya & Ruby. Personally, I’m hoping Taya Valkyrie beats Jade Cargill for the TBS Championship, so that Jade can then jump up to the world title scene and really just tear into all six ladies. What bigger way to lead into AEW Collision, AEW All In and AEW All Out this Summer than with Jade finally being more than the midcard champion?
And great stuff at the beginning with The Acclaimed VS LFI. I just knew Acclaimed would find a way to win and then call out The House of Black. Apparently House of Black issued an open challenge for Double or Nothing, so The Acclaimed has answered it already. I am curious to know what stipulation The Acclaimed will bring to the Open House, but I really can’t be sure who wins. The House of Black have made the Trios Championships unique from the other titles, and have a growing popularity with the fans, but The Acclaimed are also really popular. This is like how AEW booked themselves into a corner with Hobbs VS Wardlow, and look where that’s gotten Hobbs.
My Score: 8.7/10
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